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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Where does the expedition team go the next morning, March 13?
(a) Los Angeles Bay.
(b) San Francisco Bay.
(c) San Diego Bay.
(d) Palo Alto Bay.

3. What type of biologist is preferred by John Steinbeck?
(a) The type who studies life in all its complexities.
(b) The type who study dead, preserved animals.
(c) The type who teaches in the university.
(d) The type who work for the big corporations.

4. What do Steinbeck and Ricketts do to Tiny's prey?
(a) They crack its shell and use it as soup bowls.
(b) They dissect it to learn what they can.
(c) They cut the meat and make a stew out of it.
(d) They cut the legs and collect them in a jar filled with water.

5. What can be seen in Cabo San Lucas?
(a) A cannery along with a few houses on shore, and a rocky ridge that extends from the muntain into the ocean.
(b) An amusement park with rides and games, children and adults alike enjoy the park.
(c) A monastery with several nuns planting corn.
(d) A school for teenagers who want to be marines and navy in the future.

6. There is a struggle for scraps and morsels of food.Who are the participants in the struggle?
(a) The Indians in the area.
(b) Wild pigs, vultures and dogs.
(c) The local boys in the area.
(d) Tiny and Sparky.

7. Who is the chef of the expedition?
(a) Sea-Cow.
(b) Tony.
(c) There is no chef mentioned in the story.
(d) Tex.

8. What does the expedition party do on their first night at sea?
(a) They sing love songs and read poems to the stars.
(b) They identify the different constellation and gave a price on who can name the most.
(c) They stay out to look at the stars while taking turns on the helm.
(d) They play cards while drinking beer.

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

10. What is non-teleological thinking, as introduced by the author on Easter Sunday, March 24?
(a) It is the thinking that can change in an instant, usually associated with women.
(b) It is the thinking that relates men to sea vessels and motors.
(c) It is the thinking that is dependent on tidal waves and moon shine.
(d) It is the thinking that attempts to look at the larger whole and simply understand and evaluate what is.

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

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

13. 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.

14. What is the concept explored by the author in the section that pertains to boats and men?
(a) The personification of a boat by a man and the identification of men with their boats.
(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 way men choose their boats, their colors, and the length.

15. According to John Steinbeck, what does a well-cared for and lovingly maintained boat indicate?
(a) It indicates that the owner is a secretary with a very sharp memory.
(b) It indicates that the owner is most likely organized, efficient and in good shape.
(c) It indicates that the owner is most likely an only child who was spoiled by his parents.
(d) It indicates that the owner is most likely a body-builder with lots of muscles.

Short Answer Questions

1. What difference does the section dated March 24 have from the rest of the book?

2. How does Tex see diesel engines?

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

4. What does the expedition party find when they finally landed on the shores of San Jose Island?

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

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