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. What happens to the porpoises, as observed by Steinbeck and Ricketts?
(a) They do not taste well.
(b) They change colors from when they are alive to when they are dead and preserved.
(c) The porpoises have changed from the northern species to a grey, slender, long-nosed species.
(d) They do not make good subject for photographs.

2. What is Tony's requirement to the group?
(a) He requires that they say a seaman's prayer before taking the wheel.
(b) He requires that the course be maintained as perfectly as possible.
(c) He requires that they wash heir hands prior to taking the wheel.
(d) He requires that no one will talk while at sea.

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

4. 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 way men treat their boats like they treat their wives.
(c) The personification of a boat by a man and the identification of men with their boats.
(d) How men become unreasonable when it comes to their boats.

5. What does the expedition party do on their first night at sea?
(a) They sing love songs and read poems to the stars.
(b) They stay out to look at the stars while taking turns on the helm.
(c) They play cards while drinking beer.
(d) They identify the different constellation and gave a price on who can name the most.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is interesting about the bonito and other fish that caught Steinbeck and Ricketts' attention?

2. What do members of the party feel when they are the one manning the wheel?

3. According to John Steinbeck, what does a well-cared for and lovingly maintained boat indicate?

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

5. According to John Steinbeck, what does a rusting, disorderly boat with its pain peeling off indicate?

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