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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Steinbeck think about the various descriptions they have read of Cabo San Lucas?
(a) Descriptions were exaggerating and that the place is overrated.
(b) Descriptions were very creative, as there was really nothing much to say about Cabo San Lucas.
(c) No two descriptions of Cabo San Lucas are alike.
(d) Descriptions of Cabo San Lucas did not capture the abundance of marine life in the area.

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

3. What limitation does the expedition party have that is particular to their voyage?
(a) They have a limited supply of food and drinks, and medicine, too.
(b) They only have six weeks to complete their entire voyage, on top of constraints presented by the tides.
(c) They have only a small crew compared to other voyages with dozens of crew on board.
(d) They can only sail in the morning because their light is not as powerful as those of the other voyages.

4. What is the Western Flyer?
(a) It is the boat owned and maintained by Ed Ricketts.
(b) It is a rare species of bird found only in Mexico.
(c) It is a favorite watering hole by John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts.
(d) It is a well-maintained vessel owned by Tony Berry used for the expedition.

5. What instrument does Raul use, which Steinbeck and Ricketts buy from him?
(a) A bow and arrow.
(b) A knife.
(c) A gun.
(d) A harpoon.

6. What does the expedition party find when they finally landed on the shores of San Jose Island?
(a) Several ladies with leis waiting for them.
(b) Several other outboard motors to replace the one they have.
(c) Fire-rings, fuel, clam and turtle shells.
(d) Coal, gold and several precious stones.

7. On March 18, where does the expedition party end up going when a wind rises before they were able to anchor?
(a) Magdalena Bay.
(b) Marina Bay.
(c) San Diego Bay.
(d) Pescadero Point.

8. How does Steinbeck describe a scientist's reaction to death of a sea creature?
(a) He describes the scientist's approach to the experience as an exciting adventure.
(b) He describes the scientist's approach to the experience as a child getting the toy that he wished for.
(c) He describes the scientist's approach to the experience as an opportunity to learn more about the species.
(d) He describes the scientist's approach to the experience as someone finally climbing a mountain that is so hard to climb.

9. What does Tiny collect in La Paz?
(a) Dirty dishes from the various eating places they have visited.
(b) Spices and herbs that are reputed to be aphrodisiac.
(c) Rare, poisonous fish only seen in La Paz.
(d) Unremarkable species that are representative of the more common species in the area.

10. How does John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts pass the time while their boat is being outfitted?
(a) They talk to the local fishermen and ask for interesting marine species.
(b) The sample the local dishes and make arrangements for food to be taken out to sea.
(c) They sample the local beer and compare it with the others they have tried.
(d) They observe the boats and their fishermen and how the boats reflect their owners.

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

12. What examples of marine life does the expedition party collect in Espiritu Santo Island?
(a) Anemone fish and tadpoles.
(b) Porpoises and sea turtles.
(c) Starfishes and seahorses.
(d) Sea cucumbers and brittle-stars.

13. What is unique about the expedition described in the story?
(a) There is a priest on board who discusses philosophy and spirituality.
(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 four-string quartet on deck that provides music at night, for entertainment.

14. 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 attracts a lot of fish. In the process, the expedition team do not get hungry while Tiny and Sparky are on watch.
(d) The Western Flyer often goes off-course during their watch but they do not get into serious trouble anyway.

15. Who is Tex?
(a) John Steinbeck's son.
(b) The leader of the four-string quartet hired for the expedition.
(c) The mechanic of the crew.
(d) Ed Rickett's son.

Short Answer Questions

1. What scientific testing does Steinbeck intend to do on the liquor?

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

3. What is the author's description of Espiritu Santo Island?

4. What will be an accurate description of the expedition party's day on March 23?

5. How are Tiny and Sparky presented?

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