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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. To what does Steinbeck compare the futility of trying to control a trip?
(a) Trying to swim upstream
(b) Trying to shoot fish in a barrel
(c) Trying to herd cats
(d) Trying to control a marriage

2. What does Steinbeck share with the adults in the family?
(a) Magazines
(b) Books
(c) Cigarettes
(d) Rare cognac

3. Who are the only ones who will understand the inability to control a trip?
(a) Those who sell travel packages
(b) Those who plan trips for a business
(c) Those who work as tour guides
(d) Those who know about the nature of journeys

4. What does Steinbeck mean by a "blown-in-the-glass" bum?
(a) A traveler who works as a glassblower.
(b) A traveler who will only drink out of crystal.
(c) A traveler who drinks too much.
(d) A traveler who is as fragile as glass.

5. Why does Mrs. Steinbeck shout at Steinbeck?
(a) He has been knocked unconscious.
(b) He cannot hear her over the sound of the wind.
(c) He heads out into the storm to tend to his boat.
(d) She is frustrated by his lack of attention.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who wants to accompany Steinbeck on the trip?

2. What does Steinbeck see when he takes Charley for a walk?

3. What is wrong with Steinbeck's travel to these cities?

4. What is the unspoken motivation for Steinbeck's decision to make the trip?

5. What does Steinbeck do when he breaks camp the next morning?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe some of the things that Steinbeck packs.

2. What is Steinbeck's start date for his trip?

3. What are Steinbeck's musings on junk?

4. How does Steinbeck respond to his friends' concerns about the dangers of road travel?

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

6. What is ironic about Steinbeck being an American writer?

7. What are Steinbeck's requirements for this state of journeying--or bumdom as he calls it?

8. Describe Deer Isle.

9. How does Steinbeck communicate in the book?

10. Describe Steinbeck's encounter with the young sailor.

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