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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. What does Steinbeck think as the date for his departure approaches?
(a) He does not have enough film.
(b) He might consider taking a companion.
(c) Something will happen to delay or cancel the trip.
(d) He should reconsider his itinerary.

2. How does Charley let Steinbeck know he wants something?
(a) He makes a sound through his teeth.
(b) He barks five times.
(c) He howls.
(d) He runs in circles.

3. What kind of dog does Charley encounter at the rest area?
(a) Jack Russell Terrier
(b) Schnauzer
(c) Pomeranian
(d) Dachshund

4. What does Steinbeck name his camper?
(a) Trigger
(b) Hi-ways
(c) Steinmaster
(d) Rocinante

5. What infuriates Steinbeck about a neighbor's boat anchoring prior to the storm?
(a) They have used his anchor without preparation.
(b) They anchor too far away from shore.
(c) Their amateurish preparation endangers his boat.
(d) They don't use any anchor.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Steinbeck mean by a "blown-in-the-glass" bum?

2. Why does Steinbeck essentially ignore his doctors' advice?

3. What is Steinbeck's wife's name?

4. Where does Steinbeck plan to stay the next night?

5. When does Steinbeck plan to set off on his journey?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe New England voices.

2. Describe some of the things that Steinbeck packs.

3. What causes Steinbeck's wife, Elaine, to shout at him?

4. What happens to disrupt the launch of Steinbeck's trip?

5. Describe Deer Isle.

6. Why does Steinbeck ignore his doctors' advice following an illness the previous year?

7. What does Steinbeck encounter that particularly unnerves him?

8. What is Steinbeck's explanation for the junk yards and garbage dumps surrounding the small towns and villages through which he passes?

9. What misgivings does Steinbeck experience as the day of his departure approaches?

10. Explain the irony in the scene in which Steinbeck discusses politics with the egg farmer.

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