The Log from the Sea of Cortez Quiz | Eight Week Quiz C

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through March 18.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is unique about the expedition described in the story?
(a) There is a four-string quartet on deck that provides music at night, for entertainment.
(b) There is nothing unique about the expedition.
(c) The travelers here prefer safety and getting the job done to encounters of a more colorful and dangerous nature.
(d) There is a priest on board who discusses philosophy and spirituality.

2. What happens to the vessel during Tiny and Sparky's watch?
(a) The Western Flyer stops all of a sudden, and almost tilts down.
(b) The Western Flyer stays on course and speeds up, making better sailing time.
(c) The Western Flyer often goes off-course during their watch but they do not get into serious trouble anyway.
(d) The Western Flyer attracts a lot of fish. In the process, the expedition team do not get hungry while Tiny and Sparky are on watch.

3. What does Steinbeck notice about the sense of time of the local people of Cabo San Lucas?
(a) It seems so different from their own.
(b) It is reversed, sleeping during the day and working during the night.
(c) They seem to all walk faster, indicating that they have a faster sense of time.
(d) There is nothing different about their sense of time and that of the indigents'.

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

5. What is Steinbeck's thesis about origins of names of places, specifically California?
(a) That names are usually given by the first priest to reside in the place.
(b) That names are randomly selected during the full moon.
(c) That names arise organically from the places themselves as much as they do from any purposeful naming of them.
(d) That the first settlers usually name the place after their first born.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the greater purpose for which the author wants to use his observations of the activities of the biological creatures?

2. What happens to the porpoises, as observed by Steinbeck and Ricketts?

3. What does the expedition party do on their last night ashore when their boat is ready and loaded?

4. Who is Tex?

5. What important part of history is happening at the time of the expedition?

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