Travels With Charley Book! Trivia Quiz

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  • 1. 

    What does Steinbeck mean in Travels with Charley when he says that he did not know his own country?

    • A.

      He had little knowledge of the history and culture of America.

    • B.

      He could not understand why most Americans act the way they do.

    • C.

      He felt out of touch with areas he had not visited in a long time.

    Correct Answer
    C. He felt out of touch with areas he had not visited in a long time.
    Explanation
    In Travels with Charley, Steinbeck expresses that he did not know his own country because he felt out of touch with areas he had not visited in a long time. This suggests that Steinbeck believed that in order to truly understand and know a country, one must explore and experience its different regions and cultures. By not visiting certain areas for an extended period of time, Steinbeck felt disconnected and lacking in knowledge about those parts of America.

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  • 2. 

    In Travels with Charley, what did Steinbeck hope to achieve by living in his truck?

    • A.

      He wanted to bring as little attention to himself as possible.

    • B.

      He wanted to be as comfortable as possible while he was traveling.

    • C.

      He wanted to be able to pack up and go at a moment’s notice.

    Correct Answer
    A. He wanted to bring as little attention to himself as possible.
    Explanation
    Steinbeck hoped to achieve anonymity and avoid drawing attention to himself by living in his truck. This would allow him to blend in with the surroundings and experience the places he visited without being noticed or causing any disruptions. By living in his truck, he could maintain a low profile and have a more immersive and authentic travel experience.

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  • 3. 

    In Travels In Travels with Charley, which three statements are true about Charley?
    1. He is a good companion.
    2. He is a skillful fighter.
    3. He is a good watch dog.
    4. He affords an easy way for Steinbeck to meet strangers.

    • A.

      I, II, and IV

    • B.

      I, II, and III

    • C.

      II, III, and IV

    • D.

      I, III, and IV

    Correct Answer
    D. I, III, and IV
    Explanation
    Charley is described as a good companion, a good watch dog, and he affords an easy way for Steinbeck to meet strangers. There is no mention of Charley being a skillful fighter, so statement II is false. Therefore, the correct statements about Charley are I, III, and IV.

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  • 4. 

    In Travels with Charley, what does steinbeck accomplish in his "conversation" with Charley about the wind?

    • A.

      He gets a chance to say out loud the worry he feels about the wind.

    • B.

      He illustrates Charley’s important contribution to the trip.

    • C.

      He shows that loneliness when traveling can cause a person to do strange things.

    Correct Answer
    A. He gets a chance to say out loud the worry he feels about the wind.
    Explanation
    In Travels with Charley, Steinbeck accomplishes expressing his concern about the wind by having a conversation with Charley. This allows him to vocalize his worries and fears, giving him a sense of relief and catharsis. By discussing his concerns with his loyal companion, Steinbeck finds solace in sharing his worries, highlighting the therapeutic nature of open communication.

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  • 5. 

    In Travels with Charley, the best way to clarify how the landscape differes between the Bismarck and Mandan sides of the Missouri River is

    • A.

      To pause in your reading

    • B.

      To reread the description

    • C.

      To look at a map

    • D.

      Read ahead

    Correct Answer
    B. To reread the description
    Explanation
    To clarify how the landscape differs between the Bismarck and Mandan sides of the Missouri River in "Travels with Charley," the best way is to reread the description. This suggests that the information regarding the landscape can be found within the text itself, and by revisiting the description, the reader can gain a better understanding of the differences. Looking at a map or reading ahead may not provide the specific details needed to clarify the landscape differences.

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  • 6. 

    Referring to the Badlands in Travels with Charley, Steinbeck writes, "What a place for a colony of troglodytes, or better, of trolls, "what would be the best sources to find out the difference between troglodytes and trolls?"

    • A.

      An atlas

    • B.

      A dictionary

    • C.

      A thesaurus

    • D.

      A book about the Badlands

    Correct Answer
    B. A dictionary
    Explanation
    To find out the difference between troglodytes and trolls, the best source would be a dictionary. A dictionary provides definitions and explanations of words, including their meanings, origins, and usage. By looking up both terms in a dictionary, one can compare their definitions and understand the distinctions between troglodytes and trolls.

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  • 7. 

    In Travels with Charley, what would be the best source to find out how close Galva is to Beach in North Dakota?

    • A.

      A thesaurus

    • B.

      A dictionary

    • C.

      An encyclopedia

    • D.

      A map of North Dakota

    Correct Answer
    D. A map of North Dakota
    Explanation
    A map of North Dakota would be the best source to find out how close Galva is to Beach in North Dakota. Maps provide visual representation of geographical locations and distances, allowing one to determine the proximity between two places. Thesauruses, dictionaries, and encyclopedias do not provide this specific information.

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  • 8. 

    What personal reaction does Steinbeck have in Travels with Charley to the conversation he has with the old woman in the Badlands?

    • A.

      He is annoyed by her constant prattle

    • B.

      He realizes that he is afraid of the area

    • C.

      He feels comforted by her friendly manner

    Correct Answer
    B. He realizes that he is afraid of the area
    Explanation
    In Travels with Charley, Steinbeck has a personal reaction to the conversation he has with the old woman in the Badlands. The correct answer suggests that he realizes that he is afraid of the area. This implies that the conversation with the old woman somehow triggers a sense of fear or discomfort within Steinbeck, making him realize his own uneasiness about the surroundings.

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  • 9. 

    From Steinbeck’s actions in Travels with Charley, you can conclude that he

    • A.

      Has no sense of humor about himself

    • B.

      Does not easily make conversation with others

    • C.

      Tends to be ruled by his emotional reactions

    Correct Answer
    C. Tends to be ruled by his emotional reactions
    Explanation
    Based on Steinbeck's actions in Travels with Charley, it can be inferred that he tends to be ruled by his emotional reactions. This is evident from his impulsive decisions and actions throughout the book, such as his sudden decision to embark on a cross-country road trip and his emotional outbursts when faced with challenging situations. Steinbeck's actions suggest that he is driven by his emotions rather than rational thinking or logical decision-making.

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  • 10. 

    Steinbeck’s description of the Badlands in Travels with Charley differs from one you would read in a travel guide in that it

    • A.

      Does not describe the landscape

    • B.

      Relates observations about human nature

    • C.

      Is very lengthy and detailed

    Correct Answer
    B. Relates observations about human nature
    Explanation
    In Travels with Charley, Steinbeck's description of the Badlands differs from a typical travel guide because it focuses on observations about human nature rather than describing the landscape. Instead of providing a straightforward account of the physical features of the Badlands, Steinbeck delves into the emotions and experiences of the people he encounters in this region. He explores their struggles, hopes, and dreams, offering a deeper understanding of the human condition rather than simply providing a surface-level description of the environment.

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  • 11. 

    In Travels with Charley, Steinbeck makes as many observations about human nature as he does about nature because

    • A.

      One of his main interests as a writer is in human nature

    • B.

      He does not find the natural setting interesting

    • C.

      He does not want his essay to read like a travel guide

    Correct Answer
    A. One of his main interests as a writer is in human nature
    Explanation
    Steinbeck makes as many observations about human nature as he does about nature because one of his main interests as a writer is in human nature. This suggests that Steinbeck is more focused on understanding and exploring the complexities of human behavior and psychology rather than simply describing the natural world. By observing and reflecting on human nature, Steinbeck is able to provide deeper insights and commentary on the human condition, which is a central theme in his writing.

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  • 12. 

    Which of the following combinations best describes Steinbeck’s various emotions about the Badlands in Travels with Charley?

    • A.

      Uneasiness, fear, delight

    • B.

      Boredom, amusement, contentment

    • C.

      Anxiety, resentment, exhilaration

    Correct Answer
    A. Uneasiness, fear, delight
    Explanation
    Steinbeck's various emotions about the Badlands in Travels with Charley can be best described as uneasiness, fear, and delight. This suggests that he had mixed feelings towards the Badlands, feeling both uneasy and fearful, possibly due to its rugged and unpredictable nature. However, he also found delight in its beauty and unique characteristics, which may have outweighed his negative emotions.

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  • 13. 

    Which of the following statements from Travels with Charley might you also find in a standard travel guide?

    • A.

      Across the Missouri on the Mandan side, it is pure west, with brown grass and water scorings and small outcrops.

    • B.

      I went into a state of flight, running to get away from the unearthly landscape.

    • C.

      Just as I felt unwanted in this land, so do I feel a reluctance in writing about it.

    Correct Answer
    A. Across the Missouri on the Mandan side, it is pure west, with brown grass and water scorings and small outcrops.
    Explanation
    The statement "Across the Missouri on the Mandan side, it is pure west, with brown grass and water scorings and small outcrops" could be found in a standard travel guide because it provides a description of the landscape and scenery in a specific location. Travel guides often include information about the geography, natural features, and attractions of a destination, and this statement fits that description by providing details about the western landscape, including the presence of brown grass, water scorings, and small outcrops.

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  • 14. 

    Something that moves from place to place is

    • A.

      Diagnostic

    • B.

      Peripatetic

    • C.

      Fantastic

    • D.

      Photographic

    Correct Answer
    B. Peripatetic
    Explanation
    Peripatetic means something that moves from place to place. It is the correct answer because it accurately describes an object or person that is constantly on the move or travels frequently. The other options, diagnostic, fantastic, and photographic, do not convey the same meaning of movement or traveling.

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  • 15. 

    What is the meaning of the word maneuver in the following sentence? Steinbeck felt that a trailer would be difficult to maneuver on a mountain road.

    • A.

      Drive

    • B.

      Encounter

    • C.

      Avoid

    • D.

      Control

    Correct Answer
    D. Control
    Explanation
    The word "maneuver" in the sentence means to control or navigate something, in this case, a trailer, on a mountain road. It implies that Steinbeck believed it would be challenging to handle or operate the trailer in that particular setting.

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  • 16. 

    What of the following is celestial?

    • A.

      The moon

    • B.

      An airplane

    • C.

      The air

    • D.

      A bird

    Correct Answer
    A. The moon
    Explanation
    The moon is considered celestial because it is an astronomical object that exists in space. It is not part of the Earth's atmosphere or a man-made object like an airplane. It is a natural satellite that orbits around the Earth and is visible from our planet.

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