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 is wrong with Steinbeck's travel to these cities?

2. What does Steinbeck hope to accomplish on the trip?

3. What do some of the migrant families use for shelter?

4. What do Steinbeck's friends warn him about regarding this trip?

5. What happens to the neighboring boats after Steinbeck cuts the rope holding them together?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Steinbeck fall in love with Montana?

2. Why does Steinbeck decide not to take a human traveling companion?

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

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

5. What have older people always told Steinbeck?

6. What philosophical thoughts does Steinbeck have when he passes into Idaho?

7. What is Steinbeck's explanation for the junk yards and garbage dumps surrounding the small towns and villages through which he passes?

8. Describe some of the things that Steinbeck packs.

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

10. What lessons does Steinbeck learn about house trailers in 1960 that could also apply to 2009?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain some of the examples of regionalism found in the book. Can regionalism include more than accents and food? What else encompasses the culture and personality of a region? What are the major differences Steinbeck finds as he travels from place to place?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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