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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. How are Steinbeck's political views perceived by his family?
(a) As a radical
(b) As an uninformed person
(c) As an insult to his upbringing
(d) As a nuisance

2. Which author wrote that you can't go home again?
(a) F. Scott Fitzgerald
(b) T.S. Eliot
(c) John Steinbeck
(d) Thomas Wolfe

3. What is the occupation of Steinbeck's camping neighbor for the night?
(a) A farming implements salesman
(b) A plastics salesman
(c) An auto executive
(d) A Shakesperian performer

4. On what does Steinbeck reflect at this point of his journey?
(a) If he should turn back
(b) If he is doing the trip as it should be done
(c) If he should take a break
(d) If he should get a different camper

5. What does the park ranger warn Steinbeck about as he enters the answer to #130?
(a) Bears
(b) Falling rocks
(c) Extreme temperatures
(d) Coyotes

Short Answer Questions

1. What prevents Steinbeck from moving to the answer to #126?

2. What is the source of trouble Steinbeck runs into while trying to cross the border into Canada?

3. What does Steinbeck consider the river crossing at Bismarck to be?

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

5. To Steinbeck, Texas is not so much a place as a _________________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Steinbeck perceive Seattle?

2. What effect is the Cold War having on average Americans?

3. What has Steinbeck learned about America so far?

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

5. Why does Steinbeck believe in what author Thomas Wolfe meant when he wrote, "You Can't Go Home Again?"

6. Why is Steinbeck conflicted as he leaves Texas and heads for Louisiana?

7. What does Steinbeck admire most about Texans?

8. What does Steinbeck learn about truckers when he takes breaks at roadside rest stops?

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

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

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