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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) They seem to all walk faster, indicating that they have a faster sense of time.
(c) There is nothing different about their sense of time and that of the indigents'.
(d) It is reversed, sleeping during the day and working during the night.

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

3. Where is Cabo San Lucas?
(a) It is at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula.
(b) It is at the southern tip of San Diego Bay.
(c) It is at the northern tip of San Diego Bay.
(d) It is at the southern tip of Magdalena Bay.

4. What do members of the party feel when they are the one manning the wheel?
(a) The team members are excited, causing them to make wrong turns.
(b) The team members feel happy and contented, and would like to remain at sea, when they are manning the wheel.
(c) The team members feel some pressure when they are manning the wheel, especially when Tony is watching.
(d) The team members feel a but sad and melancholic listening to the sea breeze.

5. What do Steinbeck and Ricketts buy that was eventually taken by US customs?
(a) A local liquor that is reputed to enable men to survive without water for more than a week.
(b) A local liquor that is reputed to substitute for fuel.
(c) A local liquor that is reputed to be an aphrodisiac.
(d) A local liquor that is reputed to increase alertness when at sea.

6. What comparison does Steinbeck often refer to?
(a) Fruits and men and their relationship.
(b) Marine organisms and men and their relationship
(c) Moon and men and their relationship.
(d) Tides and men and their relationship.

7. What is teleological thinking, as introduced by the author on Easter Sunday, March 24?
(a) It is the thinking that dictates how a sea traveler must chart his voyage.
(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 is dependent on the current events shown on the television.

8. 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) How men become unreasonable when it comes to their boats.
(d) The personification of a boat by a man and the identification of men with their boats.

9. 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 someone finally climbing a mountain that is so hard to climb.
(b) He describes the scientist's approach to the experience as an opportunity to learn more about the species.
(c) He describes the scientist's approach to the experience as a child getting the toy that he wished for.
(d) He describes the scientist's approach to the experience as an exciting adventure.

10. What does the expedition party have for dinner on the evening of Good Friday, March 22?
(a) Buttered vegetables.
(b) Chicken.
(c) Roasted pork.
(d) Fish and chips.

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

12. 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) Coal, gold and several precious stones.
(c) Fire-rings, fuel, clam and turtle shells.
(d) Several other outboard motors to replace the one they have.

13. Why does the author write the story?
(a) He wants future travelers to have better information that can help them prepare for a similar expedition.
(b) He wants the world to know his good friend Ed Ricketts.
(c) He wants to write about how traveling at sea can be done on a limited budget.
(d) He wants to be known as a man who liked to travel the seas.

14. What is taking place on the day before the expedition party leaves for its journey?
(a) A celebration marking the end of the sardine fishing season.
(b) A celebration for the success of the expedition.
(c) A mass to bless the travelers in their journey.
(d) A mass asking for good harvest.

15. What does Tiny do when they reach Magdalena Bay?
(a) Tiny harpoons a sea-turtle.
(b) Tiny harpoons a sea anemone.
(c) Tiny harpoons a small crab.
(d) Tiny harpoons a porpoise.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is a Sally Lightfoot crab?

2. What does the author describe in the story, particularly at the beginning of the book?

3. What does the log entry of March 12 say?

4. Who is Tex?

5. Why are the particular dates chosen for an expedition?

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