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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. On March 31, almost three weeks ate sea, what observation does Steinbeck make regarding the collections they have acquired so far?
(a) Steinbeck observes that they have collected close to a ton of species and they cannot take it all home because it was just too much weight for the boat to take.
(b) Steinbeck notes that they are more interested in the common species rather than the rare species.
(c) Steinbeck notes that they have amassed a significant collection, which will fetch good prices at the markets.
(d) Steinbeck notes that their collection is as varied the crew's personalities.

2. What does the expedition party do differently on the morning of March 28?
(a) They have a late morning, waking up at nine am.
(b) They have breakfast in bed.
(c) They have omelettes, which they haven't had in days.
(d) They have tea instead of coffee for breakfast.

3. What can be found in Laredo that is of particular interest to the expedition party?
(a) A famous beach filled with starfishes and sea turtles.
(b) A famous church and its associated mission.
(c) A famous scientist and his laboratory.
(d) A famous restaurant known for its flapjacks.

4. How can the crew's dining activities be best described?
(a) They refrain from eating fish since it reminds them too much of the species they have collected.
(b) The party is eating mostly fish and biscuits, except when Sparky makes spaghetti.
(c) They eat rice and soup, which Sparky makes from the seaweed they have collected.
(d) They eat sandwiches day and night, and coffee to go with it.

5. How is Guaymas different from the other towns they have been in?
(a) Guaymas welcomes visitors to become resident
(b) Guaymas does not ask for taxes from its visitors.
(c) Guaymas seems to be foucs on news, business and tourism.
(d) Guaymas does not speak English.

Short Answer Questions

1. What specific food does the crew fight about, leading them to decide to stop making it?

2. What does the expedition party do at the island of Tiburon?

3. What topic does Steinbeck discuss with the team members as they sail along the coast of Guardian Angel Island?

4. What particular sea creature interests Tiny on their way to Estero de la Luna?

5. What concept does Steinbeck muse on, as inspired by the seemingly millions of fish in the water?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how life in the Western Flyer becomes by the end of March. How does it chang compared when they first sailed to sea?

2. Discuss Steinbeck's lamentations on the briefness of their expedition, and how he wished that they have brought full-sized aquariums.

3. Briefly explain Steinbeck's feelings towards the whole expedition. Does he feel that the expedition has taught them anything, and is there any particular valuable lesson they have acquired from the trip, apart from scientific learnings?

4. Near Guaymas, the crew feel a little contempt over the fact that the fishermen they see are too spotless in their white outfits. Explain briefly the circumstances and why the crew feel such contempt.

5. Provide a description to how Steinbeck, Ricketts and the crew do the labeling and sorting of their collected specimen.

6. It is mentioned that Tex is getting married and therefore should be watching his weight very keenly. Speculate on Tex's marriage. Why did he agree to sail even when he is getting married? Why can't he stay on a diet to look good on his wedding day?

7. Explain Steinbeck's thoughts on the wastage of food witnesses together with Ricketts on the Japanese dredge boats.

8. Discuss the theories and examples presented by members of the expedition team on how persistence of beliefs of mind can overcome actual reality.

9. Discuss on Steinbeck's theory on how relaxation and laziness can lead to greater productivity.

10. Tiny harpoons stingrays at the island of Tiburon. Give probable explanations to Tiny's seemingly attachment to harpoons. Cite specific examples in the book to support this explanation.

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