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. Who garners much attention after falling sick?

2. Who carries the gunnysacks?

3. Which of the boys have taken jobs at the Hediondo Cannery?

4. What type of hat does Henri the Painter wear?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Mack impressed by Dora?

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

3. How does Mack perceive Doc?

4. Describe Mary Talbot.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the significance of the dead girl that Doc finds floating in the water. Why does Doc's head fill with the escalating sounds of music when he sees her? Why does Doc let the stranger claim the reward for reporting the body? Why does Doc, who is usually very responsible, get away from the scene as quickly as possible?

Essay Topic 2

Steinbeck uses beautifully descriptive language in the book to help his readers see his world from his perspective. Without referring to the book, describe Cannery Row. Now, describe Monterey, using only your recall of Steinbeck's descriptions. How do you visualize the California coast now that you have read Steinbeck's descriptions?

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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