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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Which piece of equipment receives positive feedback from the author?
(a) The outboard motor.
(b) None. Everything was trashed by the author.
(c) The diesel engine and the outboard motor.
(d) The diesel engine.

3. What does the author describe in the story, particularly at the beginning of the book?
(a) The famous sea expeditions in the past, and how long each expedition lasted.
(b) The major characters of the story, their educational backgrounds, and their family tree.
(c) The difficulties associated with in planning and preparing for an expedition, as well as the difficulty of finding a good vessel and captain.
(d) He describes Mexico in great detail, including the politics and legislations of the land.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is interesting about the bonito and other fish that caught Steinbeck and Ricketts' attention?

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

3. Who is the chef of the expedition?

4. What is Tex's outstanding characteristic?

5. What explanation does the expedition party give to the Mexicans they meet on Espiritu Santo Island?

Short Essay Questions

1. Build on Steinbeck's theory of why the expedition members do not want to catch and cook porpoises.

2. Briefly discuss the group's encounter when they try to have chicken for dinner. Can you give some rationale to the efforts the group went through just to have chicken for dinner?

3. Steinbeck hints at Tiny's stories of his past as being too racy to be repeated in the book. Speculate on Tiny's past. What could his stories be about and why can't it be repeated in the book?

4. What is the Log of Sea Cortez and why was it created?

5. What difference does this particular expedition have over the other travels? Why is this so?

6. Describe the activities of the expedition party on the eve of their departure. Speculate on the feelings of the team members on this particular night.

7. Describe Tiny's encounter with a sea turtle.

8. Briefly explain Steinbeck's theory on "murdering" a boat.

9. Describe the Sea-Cow and how did it get its name? How does the expedition party relate to it? Does the expedition party treat the Sea-Cow fairly?

10. What are some examples of Steinbeck's personification of marine life?

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