The Log from the Sea of Cortez Quiz | Four Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Unnamed section, p. 55.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Steinbeck compare navigation at sea to life?
(a) He likens trying to keep a course to attempting to achieve an ideal.
(b) He likens sea navigation to cooking a gourmet course.
(c) He likens sea navigation to courting a girl.
(d) He likens trying to keep a course to walking a tight pole.

2. What happens when Steinbeck and Ricketts photograph the bonito and other fish?
(a) The pictures don't turn out very well.
(b) They fight on who should take the pictures.
(c) The pictures turn out to be very beautiful
(d) The camera gets wet.

3. What is taking place on the day before the expedition party leaves for its journey?
(a) A mass asking for good harvest.
(b) A mass to bless the travelers in their journey.
(c) A celebration for the success of the expedition.
(d) A celebration marking the end of the sardine fishing season.

4. Aside from their daily experiences during the expedition, what other topics are discussed by the author?
(a) Philosophy, mankind, biology and history.
(b) Literature, entertainment, laws and environment.
(c) Politics, religion, physics and war.
(d) Culinary arts, Hollywood, and botany.

5. What is the concept explored by the author in the section that pertains to boats and men?
(a) The way men choose their boats, their colors, and the length.
(b) The personification of a boat by a man and the identification of men with their boats.
(c) How men become unreasonable when it comes to their boats.
(d) The way men treat their boats like they treat their wives.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the expedition party observe about the town of San Lucas?

2. Who is the most competent in commanding the wheel?

3. What are dry-balls?

4. How does John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts pass the time while their boat is being outfitted?

5. How does Steinbeck describe a scientist's reaction to death of a sea creature?

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