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. Why does Steinbeck not take another person on the trip?

2. Who are the only ones who will understand the inability to control a trip?

3. Why does Steinbeck essentially ignore his doctors' advice?

4. What does Steinbeck not like about hunting?

5. What happens to delay Steinbeck's plans?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe New England voices.

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

3. Describe Charley.

4. Explain the irony in the scene in which Steinbeck discusses politics with the egg farmer.

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

6. What does Steinbeck share with the adults in the Canadian family as a gesture of good will?

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

8. What is Steinbeck's position on hunting?

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

10. How does Steinbeck respond to his friends' concerns about the dangers of road travel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are Steinbeck's reasons for embarking on this journey? What does he hope to find that he did not see in a similar trip 25 years before? What is the unspoken private motivation of Steinbeck's vs. the reason he provides to everyone else?

Essay Topic 2

How is Steinbeck changed after a Sunday morning service in a small Vermont town? What impresses him about the experience? Does Steinbeck prefer fire and brimstone over vague, feel-good preaching? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

What lessons about bureaucracy does Steinbeck learn at the U.S.-Canadian border? What are Steinbeck's opinions about governments, their laws and the people they put in place to enforce them? How does Steinbeck separate his hate for governments from his love for countries?

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