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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 see beneath the bluster and brag of the Texans he knows?
(a) Ignorance
(b) Sensitivity
(c) Bad tempers
(d) Intelligence

2. What crime does the U.S. Customs Officer accuse Steinbeck of committing?
(a) There is a phone number penciled in on his passport.
(b) The camper's fire extinguisher is out of date.
(c) There are open containers of liquor in the camper.
(d) Charley does not wear a collar.

3. What beauty does Steinbeck see at sunset?
(a) Purple and pink rays of light
(b) The colors of the rock layers
(c) Sparkling snowflakes
(d) Gleaming water on the river

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

5. What does Steinbeck exclude from the novel?
(a) The notes he makes on a tape recorder
(b) The Chicago reunion with his wife
(c) Phone calls he places to his family
(d) The notes he makes in a journal

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the only valuable thing that happens on this day?

2. How are Steinbeck's political views perceived by his family?

3. Who is Steinbeck drawn to at the rest stops?

4. What impresses Steinbeck about the Oregon coast?

5. What impresses Steinbeck with its strange rock formations?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What does Steinbeck encounter in New Orleans that sickens him?

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

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