Cannery Row Test | Final 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 kind of dog does the watchman have?

2. What does the flagpole sitter complain of on his second day?

3. What does Doc live on during this hectic time?

4. What does Doc collect near the sea?

5. What are Mack and the boys known as now?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Steinbeck mean by "the hour of the pearl" in Chapter 14?

2. Why does Mack initially reject the captain's offer of whiskey?

3. Describe Steinbeck's use of humor in the frog-catching scene.

4. How does Steinbeck show that Doc is one with nature?

5. What are some of the morning rituals on Cannery Row?

6. What bet does Doc make with Frost on the Fourth of July?

7. What impact have Mack and the boys had on the captain?

8. What is the irony of the tax troubles Dora experiences?

9. What is the symbolism of the music in Doc's head when he finds the body of the beautiful dead woman in the water?

10. How does Mack extract the date of Doc's birthday?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Cannery Row is populated with social outcasts and homeless people. What would become of these same people today? Re-write the characterizations and settings for the main characters. Explain the reasons for your changes.

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