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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 disrupts the family visit?
(a) Political arguments
(b) Poker games
(c) A big storm
(d) Too much beer drinking

2. Whose birthplace is Steinbeck anxious to visit?
(a) John F. Kennedy
(b) Knut Rockne
(c) Sinclair Lewis
(d) Pocahantas

3. What historical attraction does Steinbeck visit in Montana?
(a) The Grand Canyon
(b) The Little Big Horm battlefield
(c) Mount Rushmore
(d) Yosemite National Park

4. Why does Steinbeck think the dairy farms he sees must be subsidized?
(a) They look too good to be self-sustaining.
(b) They have a large variety of animals.
(c) They are too big for one person to manage.
(d) The feed bins are overflowing.

5. What threatens Steinbeck's stay at the Maple River?
(a) Gang wars
(b) Below-zero temperatures
(c) The possibility of snow
(d) A tornado

Short Answer Questions

1. Near what river does Steinbeck spend the night?

2. What is the evening meal where Steinbeck stops at a rental cabin and lunch room?

3. Why does Steinbeck stay in Texas three extra days?

4. To what political party does Steinbeck belong?

5. In what city in North Dakota does Steinbeck stop?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the purpose of Steinbeck's stop in Texas?

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

3. Explain the irony in the scene where Steinbeck and Charley explore a sequoia grove.

4. What does Steinbeck admire most about Texans?

5. Explain how the Badlands are a study in opposites.

6. What dashes Steinbeck's hopes for a good visit with his family?

7. How does Steinbeck diffuse a father and son fight when he rents a cabin one night?

8. Why is the rock with the mica in it so important to Steinbeck?

9. What lessons does Steinbeck learn about house trailers in 1960 that could also apply to 2009?

10. What has Steinbeck noticed about America so far on his trip?

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