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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. How does Doc view Mack?
2. What is a major problem of Doc's job?
3. What is the captain's wife always doing?
4. What date does Doc give Mack as his birthday?
5. Where do the couples go?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Doc respond to Mack's request to know Doc's birth date?
2. What bet does Doc make with Frost on the Fourth of July?
3. How does Steinbeck show that Cannery Row is an undesirable part of town?
4. What impact have Mack and the boys had on the captain?
5. What is the irony of the tax troubles Dora experiences?
6. Describe Mary Talbot.
7. How does Mack extract the date of Doc's birthday?
8. What is the significance of the flagpole sitter at Holman's Department Store?
9. What are some of the morning rituals on Cannery Row?
10. Which character seems to assimilate the combined woes of everyone in Cannery Row?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
What does Doc discover about truth on his walking trip from Indiana to Florida during his college days? Why do you think people do not want to believe Doc's real reasons for walking? Why does Doc need to fabricate a story about his journey? Why does Steinbeck call truth a dangerous mistress?
Essay Topic 3
Although the residents of Cannery Row live on the fringe of acceptable society, they take care of each other. What is the bond between the residents of Cannery Row that makes them want to help each other even when others won't? Is there a common denominator among the Cannery Row residents that they recognize themselves in each other? Explain some situations in the book where the Cannery Row residents exhibit humanity toward one another.
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