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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. 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.

2. What does Steinbeck see when he takes Charley for a walk?
(a) The Aurora Borealis
(b) A fire at a gas station
(c) Two lovers in a car
(d) A Little League baseball game

3. What damages do Fayre Eleyne and Rocinante sustain?
(a) Broken windows
(b) Major body damage
(c) Motor damage
(d) Just a few light scratches

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

5. Where does Steinbeck park his camper on his first night?
(a) At a trailer park
(b) Near a farmer's creek
(c) At a roadside rest stop
(d) In a woods

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the genre of this book?

2. Steinbeck sees many ___________________ along his northeast route.

3. What kind of dog is Charley?

4. Where has Steinbeck's friend made a reservation for him?

5. Who is the first person Steinbeck meets on his trip?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Steinbeck decide not to take a human traveling companion?

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

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

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

5. What angers Steinbeck about some neighboring boats anchored close to his just prior to the hurricane?

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

7. Describe New England voices.

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

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

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

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