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 date does Doc give Mack as his birthday?

2. What is Doc's driving style?

3. What is the captain's wife always doing?

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

5. What is Mack's method of catching the frogs?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Which character seems to assimilate the combined woes of everyone in Cannery Row?

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

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

7. Why is Mack impressed by Dora?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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