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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What concept is consistent throughout the book, including the section dated March 24?
(a) The concept that safety should be the first priority in any travel, rather than adventure and mischiefs.
(b) The concept that biology should be approached with an eye towards how each individual part fits into the larger whole of nature.
(c) The concept that war is something that should be looked at from an objective point of view, rather than subjective.
(d) The concept that men should set aside their differences when they are travelling at sea.

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

3. 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.

4. What difficulty does the expedition party encounter when they were collecting specimen in Cabo San Lucas?
(a) The locals do not want them to go ashore which make collecting specimen an impossibility.
(b) The local policemen require that each should have driver's license, which Steinbeck and Ricketts do not have.
(c) The local officials do not want them to take anything away, and suggest instead that they study the specimen while they are ashore.
(d) 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.

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

6. What does the expedition party do on their last night ashore when their boat is ready and loaded?
(a) They sleep early in preparation for the journey.
(b) They take part in the celebration games.
(c) They drink wine all night and play cards.
(d) They pray the rosary.

7. Where does the expedition party go on the morning of March 23, Black Saturday?
(a) Magdalena Bay.
(b) San Jose Island.
(c) San Diego Bay.
(d) La Luz Bay.

8. Who are the major characters and the expedition team leaders in the story?
(a) John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts.
(b) Tony Berry and Ed Ricketts.
(c) John Steinbeck and a World War II veteran.
(d) John Steinbeck and Tony Berry.

9. What is teleological thinking, as introduced by the author on Easter Sunday, March 24?
(a) It is the thinking that is dependent on the current events shown on the television.
(b) It is the thinking that concerns itself with finding a specific cause and effect, and in laying out how things should be.
(c) It is the thinking that relates men to sea creatures.
(d) It is the thinking that dictates how a sea traveler must chart his voyage.

10. What do the Mexican officials do with the expedition party?
(a) They arrive to inspect the expedition party's baggages including the marine life they have caught.
(b) They arrive to discuss with Steinbeck the possibility of making a book about Cabo San Lucas.
(c) They arrive for a welcoming ceremony including coffee, smoking and a bit of paperwork.
(d) They arrive to talk to Steinbeck and Ricketts another expedition to be done within the year.

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

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

13. What is interesting about the bonito and other fish that caught Steinbeck and Ricketts' attention?
(a) They change their colors as the sun shines on them.
(b) Their colors are different from when they are alive to when they are dead and preserved.
(c) They swim opposite the sea current.
(d) They swim in groups of twelve.

14. How does Tex see diesel engines?
(a) As pure, logical, perfect mechanical entities.
(b) As toys which can be experimentes on.
(c) As expensive vessels not fit for sea travel.
(d) As abhorring inventions.

15. What does the expedition party do after sorting the specimen they have collected?
(a) They pack all the specimen in ice bags and send it back to the US.
(b) They sell the specimen to the locals in San Lucas.
(c) They go ashore and visit a local cantina in the town of San Lucas.
(d) They buy jewelry for their girlfriends and wives back at home.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does the author write the story?

2. Who is Tex?

3. What is Steinbeck's observation of the Indians at Espiritu Santo Island?

4. What is Tony's requirement to the group?

5. Where is Cabo San Lucas?

(see the answer keys)

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