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

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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. What does Steinbeck hope to accomplish on the trip?

2. Where does Steinbeck re-anchor his boat?

3. What do the Canadians migrate over the border to pick?

4. What infuriates Steinbeck about a neighbor's boat anchoring prior to the storm?

5. What does Steinbeck buy at a farmhouse?

Short Essay Questions

1. What causes Steinbeck's wife, Elaine, to shout at him?

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

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

4. What is Steinbeck's start date for his trip?

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

6. Why does Steinbeck fall in love with Montana?

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

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

9. What does Steinbeck encounter that particularly unnerves him?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Explain the Cold War in America. Why are Steinbeck and the people he meets so obsessed with it? How does Steinbeck come to terms with the Cold War in order to live his life with some sort of calm?

Essay Topic 2

Steinbeck is a master of crafting literary descriptions for his readers. Choose a paragraph from the book which you find especially descriptive. How do you think Steinbeck was able to craft it the way he did? What is so appealing to you about the passage? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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