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. On what do Doc and Frost place a bet?

2. How deep is the frog pool?

3. Doc drives to the cliffs above the tidal flat and ____________ in the car.

4. What does the captain offer Mack?

5. Who leaves La Ida's in the company of girls?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

5. What impact have Mack and the boys had on the captain?

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

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

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

9. What is ironic about Henri the Painter?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Steinbeck clearly likes to have fun with his readers. Name some examples of humor in this book. Which characters are especially prone to humorous behavior? Which are not? Why does Steinbeck use humor? Is he trying to balance somber stories, or does he just find life to be funny most of the time, at least in this story?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Frankie is an ill-fated character in the book. What is Frankie's role in the story? Why does Steinbeck interject him into the plot? What does he come to represent for Doc, especially? Are you surprised by Frankie's ultimate fate?

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