Travels with Charley: In Search of America Test | Lesson Plans 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 hope to accomplish on the trip?

2. Where does Steinbeck re-anchor his boat?

3. What do the Canadians migrate over the border to pick?

4. What infuriates Steinbeck about a neighbor's boat anchoring prior to the storm?

5. What does Steinbeck buy at a farmhouse?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What has Steinbeck noticed about America so far on his trip?

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

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

6. Why does Steinbeck fall in love with Montana?

7. What happens to Steinbeck in Minneapolis/St. Paul?

8. What effect is the Cold War having on average Americans?

9. What does Steinbeck encounter that particularly unnerves him?

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

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 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?

Essay Topic 3

Explain how Steinbeck was able to diffuse a family fight between a gruff man in Idaho and the man's 20-year-old son who wanted to be a hairdresser in a big city. It is not stated, but there is the possibility that the young man was gay and the father could not accept this part of his son. Do you think this is the position Steinbeck was able to ascertain quickly? Explain why the topic of homosexuality was even more taboo in 1960 than it is today.

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