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 do single-handedly on his boat?

2. Where does Steinbeck stay in a motel on his second night?

3. Where does Steinbeck park his camper on his first night?

4. What does Steinbeck think about as he packs the camper?

5. What is the subject about which Steinbeck is noted for writing?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Deer Isle.

2. What does Steinbeck encounter that particularly unnerves him?

3. Describe New England voices.

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

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

6. Why does Steinbeck ignore his doctors' advice following an illness the previous year?

7. What are Steinbeck's requirements for this state of journeying--or bumdom as he calls it?

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

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

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

Give some examples of humor in the book. Do you think Steinbeck appreciates slapstick humor or wit of a more sophisticated nature? Or both? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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