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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Steinbeck, _____________ is the greater part of recognition.

2. How does Steinbeck meet a Canadian family?

3. What is the name of Steinbeck's boat?

4. What urge has Steinbeck felt all his life?

5. How old is Steinbeck at the time that he starts on his journey?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe New England voices.

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

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

4. What are Steinbeck's musings on junk?

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

6. What have older people always told Steinbeck?

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

8. What does Steinbeck encounter that particularly unnerves him?

9. Why are Steinbeck's friends concerned for his safety on the road?

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

(see the answer keys)

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