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. Why do many people invest in house trailers?

2. After the border fiasco, Steinbeck admits that he loves countries but hates _____________________.

3. What does Steinbeck notice that have sprung up near urban centers?

4. Who does Steinbeck believe was properly impressed with the country they trekked?

5. Aside from the unpleasant family visit, how does Steinbeck find the Monterey Peninsula?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Steinbeck learn about truckers when he takes breaks at roadside rest stops?

2. What does Steinbeck admire most about Texans?

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

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

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

6. How does Steinbeck perceive Seattle?

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

8. Why is Steinbeck conflicted as he leaves Texas and heads for Louisiana?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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