Travels with Charley: In Search of America Test | Final 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. Who is Steinbeck drawn to at the rest stops?

2. Where does Steinbeck head after spending the night among the sequoias?

3. To what does Steinbeck liken the group's verbal taunts?

4. In additional to regionalism, what has Steinbeck noticed about America so far during his trip?

5. Whose birthplace is Steinbeck anxious to visit?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the purpose of Steinbeck's stop in Texas?

2. How does Steinbeck perceive Seattle?

3. How does Steinbeck diffuse a father and son fight when he rents a cabin one night?

4. What is Steinbeck's intention for stopping at Sauk Centre, Minnesota?

5. How does Steinbeck justify his opinion that the river crossing at Bismarck is the true demarcation between east and west?

6. Why is the rock with the mica in it so important to Steinbeck?

7. What does Steinbeck admire most about Texans?

8. Explain how the Badlands are a study in opposites.

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

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

What are Steinbeck's reasons for embarking on this journey? What does he hope to find that he did not see in a similar trip 25 years before? What is the unspoken private motivation of Steinbeck's vs. the reason he provides to everyone else?

Essay Topic 2

Why do Steinbeck's friends caution him about being a celebrity on the road? Why is Steinbeck's answer so very "Steinbeck"? Explain the differences between being a celebrity today as opposed to 1960 when Steinbeck made this trip.

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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