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 does Henri the Painter use for his materials?

2. What change do the people of Monterey feel?

3. What happens when the boys approach the frog pool?

4. What does Doc order in Ventura?

5. What is Doc's real birthday?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Mary Talbot.

4. Why is Mack impressed by Dora?

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

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

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

8. For what event does Steinbeck use foreshadowing in this chapter?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Mack and the boys are forced to be very resourceful. Give some examples of behaviors exhibited by Mack and the boys that indicate they know how to get what they need in spite of their obvious lack of typical resources. Would you say Mack and the boys are creative? Or do they simply use people to avoid work? Do you think you could be friends with Mack and the boys? Why or why not?

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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