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 does Mack want to do?

2. What kind of business does Dora Flood operate?

3. Who fills up Lee's car with gas at the service station?

4. Where does Doc collect marine animals?

5. What becomes the hearth and center of the Palace?

Short Essay Questions

1. It would be impractical to use the building to store groceries, so what does Lee do with the building?

2. What are Tong Wars?

3. Describe Doc's personal characteristics.

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

5. What does Steinbeck call Mack and the boys?

6. Explain the relationship between Doc and Frankie.

7. What is the significance of Lao Tze's philosophies in the story?

8. What is the irony of Hazel's name?

9. Describe Doc's physical appearance.

10. How does Lee acquire the Model T Ford?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Steinbeck uses beautifully descriptive language in the book to help his readers see his world from his perspective. Without referring to the book, describe Cannery Row. Now, describe Monterey, using only your recall of Steinbeck's descriptions. How do you visualize the California coast now that you have read Steinbeck's descriptions?

Essay Topic 2

Steinbeck clearly likes to have fun with his readers. Name some examples of humor in this book. Which characters are especially prone to humorous behavior? Which are not? Why does Steinbeck use humor? Is he trying to balance somber stories, or does he just find life to be funny most of the time, at least in this story?

Essay Topic 3

What is the significance of the Chinaman who runs back and forth from Cannery Row each morning and evening? Does the Chinaman represent Death? Does he represent God, or does he represent the burgeoning Asian population in this party of the country? Explain your position.

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