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 illness breaks out in all of Monterey?

2. Where do the couples go?

3. Who holds afternoon tea parties for cats?

4. What type of hat does Henri the Painter wear?

5. How many times has Henri the Painter been married?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Steinbeck believe about truth which is explained by Doc's walking trip during college?

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

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

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

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

6. What is ironic about Henri the Painter?

7. How does Mack perceive Doc?

8. Why is Mack impressed by Dora?

9. How does Steinbeck show that Cannery Row is an undesirable part of town?

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

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

How does Steinbeck use the literary technique of local color in Cannery Row? What elements comprise local color? Give some examples of the local color in Cannery Row establishments. In the characters. In the events.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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