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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 do single-handedly on his boat?
(a) He steers it out of the bay.
(b) He hoists up the anchors.
(c) He sends out S.O.S. messages.
(d) He refinishes the interior.

2. Why does Steinbeck not take another person on the trip?
(a) Another person would probably change the itinerary.
(b) Another person would change the experience from observation to interactivity.
(c) Another person probably wouldn't like the radio stations he likes.
(d) Another person would talk too much.

3. What does Steinbeck think is the trouble with New England voices?
(a) They mumble their words.
(b) They are very clipped.
(c) They are too nasal.
(d) They talk too fast.

4. Steinbeck sees many ___________________ along his northeast route.
(a) bowling alleys
(b) motels
(c) restaurants
(d) antique shops

5. How many years ago did Steinbeck travel the United States?
(a) 20
(b) 5
(c) 15
(d) 25

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Steinbeck call this state of journeying?

2. Where does Steinbeck re-anchor his boat?

3. What does Steinbeck expect to experience on the road?

4. What does Steinbeck think old age will do?

5. What is the tone of this book?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are Steinbeck's musings on junk?

2. What does Steinbeck discover about the French Canadians in northern Maine?

3. Describe some of the things that Steinbeck packs.

4. What is so depressing about Steinbeck's stop in Bangor?

5. Describe Deer Isle.

6. What does Steinbeck's 13-year-old neighbor boy symbolize?

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

8. What does Steinbeck share with the adults in the Canadian family as a gesture of good will?

9. What is John Steinbeck's view on the journey he is about to take?

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

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