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. What does Steinbeck name his camper?

2. Where was Charley trained?

3. What damages do Fayre Eleyne and Rocinante sustain?

4. Where does Steinbeck live?

5. What have the doctors advised Steinbeck to do?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Lonesome Harry.

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

4. Describe New England voices.

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

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

7. What is Steinbeck's purpose for taking this trip?

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

9. What does Steinbeck's 13-year-old neighbor boy symbolize?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Steinbeck is amazed by all the garbage dumps and junk yards he sees along the way. What would Steinbeck's perception be if he were to encounter the waste management system in America today? What would he say about the sheer volume of consumption and waste in America today? Would Steinbeck be a vocal recycling proponent?

Essay Topic 2

Explain Steinbeck's interest in writer, Sinclair Lewis. What are Steinbeck's feelings about the people in Lewis' hometown who rejected him for writing the book Main Street, but now elevate his prior citizenship after Lewis is dead? Can you tell Steinbeck's feelings about hypocrisy? Could that be part of the reason Steinbeck does not stop to see Lewis' birthplace even though he is close? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Describe Rocinante, the camper. Why did Steinbeck choose this name for his vehicle? Do you think Steinbeck envisioned himself to be a Don Quixote-like character?

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