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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 when he breaks camp the next morning?
(a) Throws water on his campfire
(b) Leaves a bottle for a keepsake for the Canadian family
(c) Writes a few postcards
(d) Takes Charley for a run

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

3. What has Steinbeck become over the years?
(a) A famous, contemporary writer
(b) An expert on travel
(c) A sentimental fool
(d) A cantankerous old man

4. What does Steinbeck think old age will do?
(a) Get him travel discounts
(b) Give him more spare time
(c) Make travel impossible
(d) Increase his curiosity

5. What happens when the eye of the storm passes?
(a) The sun suddenly appears.
(b) It gets as dark as night outside.
(c) The wind whips up from the opposite direction.
(d) Everything gets very quiet.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Mrs. Steinbeck shout at Steinbeck?

2. Where does Steinbeck re-anchor his boat?

3. What does Steinbeck do single-handedly on his boat?

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

5. Who are the only ones who will understand the inability to control a trip?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Steinbeck's purpose for taking this trip?

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

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

4. What are Steinbeck's musings on junk?

5. What have older people always told Steinbeck?

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

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

8. What urge has Steinbeck felt all his life?

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

10. What does Steinbeck think about the personality of each journey?

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