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 does the expedition party do in the morning of March 30?

2. How is Guaymas different from the other towns they have been in?

3. How does the school of tiny fish that Tiny and Sparky on April 22 catch taste?

4. When the sea is very smooth, what does the crew do to take advantage of the calm seas?

5. What does Sparky collect to give to his friends back at home?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe Guardian Angel Island and how the crew takes to it. What were the feelings of the crew while they were on the island?

5. 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?

6. How do the members of the expedition party pass the night of March 29? What discussions are happening and what are the revelations of this night?

7. Describe the strange experience the group has with the Americans and the Mexicans they encounter in Angeles Bay.

8. 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?

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

10. 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.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Steinbeck describes how a certain task such as collecting specimen can seem to be so enjoyable and exciting in the beginning, and later turn boring simply because the one performing the task has been at it for a long time. What can be the cause of this change? Is it really man's nature to be "mechanical" over time? Why or why not? Support your answer with instances from the story.

Essay Topic 2

Steinbeck frequently relates marine organisms to men and vice versa, and thinks of both as equally representative of a larger pattern. Do you support Steinbeck's thinking that they both represent a larger pattern? What pattern could this be? Support your answers with specific instances from the story, if not about men then about marine organisms.

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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