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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 Steinbeck essentially ignore his doctors' advice?
(a) He wants quality in his life, not necessarily quantity of years.
(b) He thinks he knows better than the doctors.
(c) They have been wrong before.
(d) He wants a second opinion.

2. What material is everything in the motel made of, with the exception of the bedding and curtains?
(a) brass
(b) glass
(c) wood
(d) plastic

3. Where does Steinbeck go to church on his last morning in New England?
(a) Vermont
(b) New Hampshire
(c) Connecticut
(d) Maine

4. What happens to the neighboring boats after Steinbeck cuts the rope holding them together?
(a) They blow out to sea.
(b) They crash into Steinbeck's boat.
(c) They capsize.
(d) They blow onto a mud bank.

5. What is wrong with Steinbeck's travel to these cities?
(a) It is getting more and more expensive to make the trips.
(b) It is a boring routine.
(c) It takes too much time out of his schedule.
(d) It is not the great expanse of the entire United States.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the final prerequisite for travelers?

2. What does Steinbeck consider himself to be?

3. What urge has Steinbeck felt all his life?

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

5. With what gadget is Rocinante equipped?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Steinbeck communicate in the book?

2. What have older people always told Steinbeck?

3. What urge has Steinbeck felt all his life?

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

5. Describe New England voices.

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

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

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

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

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

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