The Log from the Sea of Cortez Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do the members of the expedition party feel when they see fishermen in their spotless white outfits?

2. Which statement best describes Puerto Escondido?

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

4. Which statement best describes Guaymas?

5. How does the author describe the call of the doves?

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 theory on how a harsh environment makes survivors out of its inhabitants, and how he came to this train of thought.

3. Describe the expedition party's experience with their camera equipment. What happens with the equipment and what resolutions are derived from their experience?

4. Discuss Steinbeck's theory on how societal restrictions dictate what is acceptable behavior and what is not. What introduced this discussion?

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

6. Briefly explain Steinbeck's thoughts about a place being friendly or unfriendly. What instances led him to these thoughts?

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

8. 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.

9. When the group is discussing the activities of the Japanese dredge boats and trawlers, Steinbeck contradicts himself from his earlier position on food wastage. What is Steinbeck's new position on the food wastage?

10. Explain Steinbeck's theory on how man can improve himself and the human race if only he studies certain cycles in civilization.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Tex loves diesel engines and sees them as pure, logical, perfect mechanical entities. Is this love for diesel engines what made Tex become a mechanic or did Tex get to love diesel engines after being a mechanic and being exposed to them? Whether it is the former or the latter, what does this say about Tex? If it is the former, is Tex then a dreamer/romantic who pursues his ideals from his childhood? Or if it is the latter, is Tex then a logical person who sees the value in things and appreciates these values? How are these traits exhibited in the story? Whatever your answers are, please support them with instances in the story.

Essay Topic 2

Steinbeck and Ricketts buy some drinks offered by the locals in Cabo San Lucas, reputed to be aphrodisiacs. He makes an observation that in reality, there are many people interested in the subject but pretend otherwise. Do you agree with Steinbeck's observation? Why or why not? Cite instances in the book that will support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Steinbeck spends some time wondering whether man's defining trait is hope, that is, hope that the future will be better than today. Do you believe or disagree with Steinbeck's hope, and will his wish happen? What are some instances in the book which illustrates this hope? Similarly, are there instances in the story which seem to illustrate the exact opposite of Steinbeck's hope?

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