Travels with Charley: In Search of America Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. When does Steinbeck plan to set off on his journey?

2. What is the heritage of the Canadians?

3. What do some of the migrant families use for shelter?

4. Where does Steinbeck stay in a motel on his second night?

5. Where does Steinbeck park his camper on his first night?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to disrupt the launch of Steinbeck's trip?

2. What is so depressing about Steinbeck's stop in Bangor?

3. What have older people always told Steinbeck?

4. Describe some of the things that Steinbeck packs.

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

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

7. What is Steinbeck's explanation for the junk yards and garbage dumps surrounding the small towns and villages through which he passes?

8. What are Steinbeck's musings on junk?

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

10. Describe New England voices.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Steinbeck's writing style. How is he different from other writers of his time? What are some of his characteristic writing techniques? Identify some examples of his classic style in this book.

Essay Topic 2

Envision the encounter between Steinbeck and the Shakespearean performer. How do you envision the performer to look? How does he behave? Based on Steinbeck's low-key, unassuming nature, do you think Steinbeck enjoys the theatrics of this man? Or is he annoyed by the overuse of drama? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Why does Steinbeck push past the hesitancy he feels about making the trip? Why does he make the trip even though he will be leaving the comforts of home in place of desolation and loneliness? What is it about people like Steinbeck whose curiosity trumps comfort?

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