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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 learn about all the writing materials he packs?
(a) He never writes from notes taken while traveling alone.
(b) He needs sketchy notes just to jog his memory.
(c) He needs comprehenisve notes because he is so detail-oriented.
(d) He needs every word he writes down to write later.

2. How old is Steinbeck at the time that he starts on his journey?
(a) 48
(b) 65
(c) 45
(d) 58

3. What does Steinbeck say about the journey he is about to take?
(a) It is much the same as all journeys that anyone takes.
(b) It is something that he is dreading.
(c) It is a very daunting proposition.
(d) It is the trip of a lifetime.

4. What is the final prerequisite for travelers?
(a) Decide upon directions and destinations
(b) Purchase traveler's checks
(c) Confirm hotel reservations
(d) Get the car serviced

5. What impact does the storm have on the Steinbecks' home?
(a) A tree crashes onto the roof.
(b) The roof is blown away.
(c) The wind forces in a window.
(d) It is completely demolished.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Steinbeck consider himself to be?

2. What does Steinbeck invite the Canadian family to do?

3. Why does Mrs. Steinbeck shout at Steinbeck?

4. What do the Canadians migrate over the border to pick?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the irony of the situation Steinbeck encounters at the Canadian border?

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

3. How does Steinbeck communicate in the book?

4. How does Steinbeck perceive Seattle?

5. How has Steinbeck's journey taken him full circle?

6. What two national attractions does Steinbeck visit before leaving Montana?

7. What happens to Steinbeck in Minneapolis/St. Paul?

8. What philosophical thoughts does Steinbeck have when he passes into Idaho?

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

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

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