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. How does Doc view Mack?

2. What is Mack's method of catching the frogs?

3. What does Doc know very well?

4. What illness breaks out in all of Monterey?

5. What does the captain lament about the pups?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mack and the boys are a band of homeless men who live together in a warehouse they name the Palace Flophouse. Why do Mack and the boys become like a family after a while? How do they exhibit behaviors inherent in families? What lessons is Steinbeck trying to teach about the various ways that families can be created, outside of the obvious biological combinations?

Essay Topic 2

Steinbeck mentions "the hour of the pearl" several times in the novel. How else could he have described this fleeting time in the mornings? What name would you give to the California sunsets? What is the significance of "the hour of the pearl" in relation to Doc?

Essay Topic 3

Describe Doc. Begin with his physical characteristics and extend into his personality and behavioral traits. What is Doc's role on Cannery Row? What is it about Doc that everybody wants to do something nice for him?

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