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. Through what time of day does Doc work gathering his gear?

2. What is Doc's driving style?

3. What time does Doc reach La Jolla?

4. Why does Doc have to treat the people who come down with the illness?

5. Where did Doc go to college?

Short Essay Questions

1. What bet does Doc make with Frost on the Fourth of July?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How do Mack and the boys react to ruining Doc's party?

10. What is the significance of the flagpole sitter at Holman's Department Store?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Overall, the residents of Cannery Row become one big family. Describe the elements necessary to comprise a family. Explain some of the ways that the Cannery Row family is dysfunctional. Explain some of the ways that the Cannery Row family is quite normal.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the character of Lee Chong. How does Lee conduct his business and his life? Why is he such an important figure on Cannery Row? What does he represent to the other characters in the story?

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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