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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What are John Steinbeck's lamentations about?
(a) About how short a time he has to do all the things he wants to do.
(b) The soaring prices of gasoline and labor which he needs for his expedition.
(c) The weather being unpredictable which makes a sea expedition particularly hard.
(d) The lack of information available to him necessary to plan an expedition to the sea.

2. What is a Sally Lightfoot crab?
(a) It is a female crab with a very unique tattoo on its shell, shaped like a foot.
(b) It is a small crab with giant feet, and the name is meant as a private joke among residents of Cabo San Lucas.
(c) It is a female crab which clings to people's feet.
(d) It is a particularly agile, small crab which seems to elude every attempt for its capture.

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

4. What is the topic of the discussion Steinbeck gives to the crowd waiting for them when they returned to their boat, anchored on the shores of La Paz?
(a) The various fish of the puffer family.
(b) The different types of biologists.
(c) The use of harpoons and knives in collecting marine specimen.
(d) The different classification of outboard motors.

5. What difficulty does the expedition party encounter when they were collecting specimen in Cabo San Lucas?
(a) Collecting specimens is difficult due to the unique characteristics of the species such as the posionous spines of the worms which was hazardous to the activity.
(b) The locals do not want them to go ashore which make collecting specimen an impossibility.
(c) The local policemen require that each should have driver's license, which Steinbeck and Ricketts do not have.
(d) The local officials do not want them to take anything away, and suggest instead that they study the specimen while they are ashore.

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

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

8. Who is the most competent in commanding the wheel?
(a) Tex.
(b) John.
(c) Tony.
(d) Ed.

9. 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 they say a seaman's prayer before taking the wheel.
(d) He requires that the course be maintained as perfectly as possible.

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

11. What difference does the section dated March 24 have from the rest of the book?
(a) Most of it was written by Ricketts, rather than Steinbeck, years before the voyage.
(b) It talks of a certain time outside its present day situation.
(c) The crew was not collecting samples, rather just enjoying the island.
(d) It has multiple examples on how a specimen should be handled by scientists.

12. What scientific testing does Steinbeck intend to do on the liquor?
(a) Determine if the aphrodisiac liquor really works.
(b) Determine if the liquor can really substitute the engine fuel.
(c) Determine if his crew can drink the liquor instead of the water for two weeks.
(d) Test if the seawater will work well with the liquor.

13. What does Steinbeck say about the authors of the descriptions written about Cabo San Lucas?
(a) Each description reflects the world view and personality of the author.
(b) Each description reflects the educational background of the author.
(c) Each description is just a copycat of the earlier description published about the place.
(d) Each description shows the biases of the author, depending on whether or not they liked their visit to the place.

14. How many crew members are signed on for the expedition?
(a) Two.
(b) One.
(c) Four.
(d) Three.

15. What does the expedition party observe about the town of San Lucas?
(a) That the town drives on the left side of the road.
(b) That the town has several interesting landmarks.
(c) That the town has recently suffered a great flood and the town is in disrepair.
(d) That the town is very much alive and everyone is heading to the ocean.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do Steinbeck and Ricketts buy that was eventually taken by US customs?

2. What is Tex's outstanding characteristic?

3. What is teleological thinking, as introduced by the author on Easter Sunday, March 24?

4. What do Steinbeck and Ricketts encounter when they go for a walk in the dark?

5. What is The Log from the Sea of Cortez?

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