Cannery Row Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What type of business does Lee Chong own?

2. What is the business of Western Biological Laboratories?

3. How much does Lee ask for the building's rent?

4. What are Mack and his boys considered to be in Monterey?

5. Who else has returned to live at the Palace?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the irony in Mack's telling Doc that he and the boys need money for a good cause.

2. Why does Mack has a twinge of guilt about the frog mission?

3. Describe the contents of Eddie's punch.

4. Why is Doc leery of Mack's request for money?

5. Describe the Bear Flag Restaurant.

6. Describe Lee Chong's business.

7. How does Lee acquire the Model T Ford?

8. How do Mack and the boys manage to "find" dinner while on the road?

9. What happens to Gay when the needle valve breaks on the car?

10. What becomes the pride and joy in the Palace for Mack and the boys?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the significance of the dead girl that Doc finds floating in the water. Why does Doc's head fill with the escalating sounds of music when he sees her? Why does Doc let the stranger claim the reward for reporting the body? Why does Doc, who is usually very responsible, get away from the scene as quickly as possible?

Essay Topic 2

Overall, the residents of Cannery Row become one big family. Describe the elements necessary to comprise a family. Explain some of the ways that the Cannery Row family is dysfunctional. Explain some of the ways that the Cannery Row family is quite normal.

Essay Topic 3

Although the residents of Cannery Row live on the fringe of acceptable society, they take care of each other. What is the bond between the residents of Cannery Row that makes them want to help each other even when others won't? Is there a common denominator among the Cannery Row residents that they recognize themselves in each other? Explain some situations in the book where the Cannery Row residents exhibit humanity toward one another.

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