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 are there few of afoot in the early hours of Cannery Row?

2. What illness breaks out in all of Monterey?

3. Who holds afternoon tea parties for cats?

4. Through what time of day does Doc work gathering his gear?

5. Why does Doc have to treat the people who come down with the illness?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why can Doc not get anyone to accompany him on specimen collecting trip to La Jolla?

3. What is ironic about Henri the Painter?

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

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

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

7. How does Mack perceive Doc?

8. How does Doc respond to Mack's request to know Doc's birth date?

9. How do Mack and the boys react to ruining Doc's party?

10. How does Mack know that the captain's wife would disapprove of Mack and the boys?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Model T Ford has importance in the story for the frog-catching expedition of Mack and the boys. What does the car symbolize for Mack and the boys? For its owner, Lee? What significance does Steinbeck say the Model T has on American culture for the past two generations?

Essay Topic 2

Steinbeck populates Cannery Row with several eccentric characters. Who are the eccentrics in the novel? What makes them eccentric? Do you have a favorite eccentric in the book? Why? What makes him/her so appealing to you?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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