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 time does Doc reach La Jolla?

2. What does the captain offer Mack?

3. What kind of dog does the watchman have?

4. Where do the couples go?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What raises the ire of the normally even-tempered Doc while on the road?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why does Doc think Mack is a genius and the boys are all clever? Is this opinion shared by the other residents of Cannery Row? What does Richard Frost think of Mack and the boys? Is his opinion justified? Which position to you take on Mack and the boys? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Describe Dora Flood. What is her role on Cannery Row? Why does Steinbeck say she is loved by the intelligent, the learned, and the kind? Why is she hated by "married spinsters," whose husbands are attracted to the whore house? Is Dora the classic whore with a heart of gold?

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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