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. According to Steinbeck, _____________ is the greater part of recognition.

2. Where does Steinbeck re-anchor his boat?

3. What does Steinbeck think is the trouble with New England voices?

4. Where has Steinbeck's friend made a reservation for him?

5. What happens to delay Steinbeck's plans?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe New England voices.

4. Explain how Steinbeck interjects humor into the book.

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

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

7. Describe Steinbeck's encounter with the young sailor.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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