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 little surprise does the crew find in the seemingly uninteresting beach?

2. What observation do Steinbeck and Ricketts have regarding the marine life in Coronado Island and Monterey Bay?

3. Where does the expedition party go after Laredo?

4. What does the expedition party do differently on the morning of March 28?

5. On Easter Sunday, despite facing difficulties collecting specimens, Steinbeck and Ricketts are able to catch a significant marine life - what is it?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. 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?

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

6. Steinbeck and Ricketts willingly accept the offer to go on a big sheep-hunting expedition even though it is apparent that they do not have the desires to hunt any creature. Give a probable explanation as to why the two readily agreed to the invitation in the first place.

7. Describe Steinbeck and Ricketts' encounter with the ranchers and vacationers, and their consequent big sheep-hunting expedition.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Steinbeck makes the analogy of trying to keep a straight course to achieving ideals in life. Please discuss this analogy further. What are the similarities and differences of the two? In both cases, what attitudes and behaviors are desirable? On the other hand, what attitudes and behaviors should one avoid?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the difficulties encountered by the expedition party when it comes to getting permits, approvals and permissions. What could have been done to prevent these difficulties? Do you think the book's objectives should also include discussions, narratives on these issues? Are the difficulties related to the fact that there was a war going on? Why or why not? Support your answer with specific examples in the book.

Essay Topic 3

One of Steinbeck's lamentations is over how a good hypothesis can blind a person to an alternative theory which can disprove it. What instances in the story support this theory of the author? What can be the reasons for this blindness? Are there any more observations made by the author that supports this theory?

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