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. How do New Englanders talk?

2. What has come over the country since Steinbeck's last trip?

3. Of what is Steinbeck an avid collector?

4. With what gadget is Rocinante equipped?

5. What urge has Steinbeck felt all his life?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe Deer Isle.

5. What is ironic about Steinbeck being an American writer?

6. What does Steinbeck encounter that particularly unnerves him?

7. Describe some of the things that Steinbeck packs.

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

9. What does Steinbeck discover about the French Canadians in northern Maine?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Explain why one of Steinbeck's New York friends had asked Steinbeck to bring back any honest men Steinbeck found on his trip. What was the state of the economy, the government, etc. in America in 1960 that could have benefited from authentic, honest men? Do you think Steinbeck ever found anyone who would have qualified? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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