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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. 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 buy jewelry for their girlfriends and wives back at home.
(c) They sell the specimen to the locals in San Lucas.
(d) They pack all the specimen in ice bags and send it back to the US.

5. What is unique about the expedition described in the story?
(a) There is nothing unique about the expedition.
(b) There is a priest on board who discusses philosophy and spirituality.
(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.

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

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

8. 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 increase alertness when at sea.
(c) A local liquor that is reputed to substitute for fuel.
(d) A local liquor that is reputed to be an aphrodisiac.

9. What do Steinbeck and Ricketts encounter when they go for a walk in the dark?
(a) A little boy offering some pearls from the sea.
(b) A little cross with a candle lighting it.
(c) A store that sells imported cigarettes.
(d) A local hospital that treats voyagers for free.

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

11. 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) They talk to the local fishermen and ask for interesting marine species.
(c) They observe the boats and their fishermen and how the boats reflect their owners.
(d) The sample the local dishes and make arrangements for food to be taken out to sea.

12. Who is the captain of the ship for the expedition?
(a) Tony Berry.
(b) Ed Ricketts.
(c) John Steinbeck.
(d) A World War I veteran.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the duration covered by the story?

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

3. Why does the author write the story?

4. What examples of marine life does the expedition party collect in Espiritu Santo Island?

5. What happens to the vessel during Tiny and Sparky's watch?

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