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Travels w/ Charley

-In what state did Steinbeck begin and end his drive across the U.S.? New York
-Steinbeck names his custom camper after a fictional horse. What is the camper’s name? Rocinante
-Before Steinbeck begins his trip, what type of natural hazard impacts his home? Hurricane Donna
-The winter before he begins, Steinbeck has an experience that causes him to commit to taking his cross- country journey. What is it? Falls ill and is warned he is not as young as he used to be
-Steinbeck states that U.S. cities are like “badger holes”. What does he mean? Ringed with trash, surrounded by piles of wrecked and rusting automobiles, and smothered with rubbish
-While traveling through New England, Steinbeck goes to roadside restaurants in order to find out what issues locals are discussing. What meal is his preferred time to visit these restaurants? Early in the morning (breakfast)
-As he traveled north in New England and the weather became colder, Steinbeck noticed an increasing number of advertisements for which warm-weather location? Florida real estate
-Steinbeck visits an island that he believes was so strange that it was hard to describe. Where was it? -Deer Isle
-While in coastal Maine, Steinbeck has a seafood dinner that he argues is the best in the world. What does he eat? Lobster
-In northern Maine, Steinbeck sees “mountains” of what crop Potato
-In northern Maine, farmers used migrant labor to pick their crops. Who were these people? Canucks from Canada, French Canadians
-In northern Maine, Steinbeck discusses the numerous trucks that carry a certain resource. What are they moving? Potatoes and potato diggers
-Across America Steinbeck observes that people are drawn to living in what type of place? Crowded and polluted cities
-Steinbeck tells the story of meeting Joseph Alsop, a famous journalist of the time. What is the point of that story? Even though we go to the same places our experiences can be vastly different and we all see and perceive things through different lenses
-Steinbeck believes that Americans are “hungry”. What are they hungry for? History and association with the past
-Steinbeck plans to travel into Canada so that he could bypass major cities like Cleveland and Toledo. Why does he turn around at the U.S.-Canada border? Charley did not have proof of rabies vaccines so USA wouldn’t let him back in
-Steinbeck travels with his companion Charley. What type of animal is Charley? Dog (poodle)
-At times, Steinbeck drives on high-speed, concrete super-highways. Although movement is at high speeds, he believes that this type of travel means you don’t get to see anything (cultures & loss of country side view)
-Steinbeck notices a new type of housing outside of the large eastern cities. He is surprised by the proliferation of: mobile trailer homes
-Steinbeck contemplates the subject of roots throughout U.S. history. He believes we come from restless people, humans have a short history of roots, hunger to be somewhere else , never satisfied with where they are as a matter of selection
-Steinbeck hasn’t visited the Middle West for a long time. While driving through Ohio, Michigan, and Illinois he notices enormous increase in population, powerful electric energy, people were more open and outgoing
-In one of his Midwest chapters, Steinbeck discusses someone who refers to “the Sticks”. What does this term mean? Living out in the middle of nowhere
-In the novel, the character “Lonesome Harry” is a former occupant of his hotel room. a businessman/husband traveling to Chicago, very lonely has a lady over
-In which northern city does Steinbeck take a break from his journey and spend several days with his wife? Chicago
-Steinbeck had never traveled to Wisconsin before this trip. What are his general impressions of the state? Lovely, quickly changing landscape In book, "We moved quickly northward, heading for Wisconsin through a noble land of good fields and magnificent trees, a gentleman's countryside, neat and white-fenced and I would guess subsidized by outside income. It
^^did not seem to me to have the thrust of land that supports itself and its owner. Rather it was like a beautiful woman who requires the support and help of many faceless ones just to keep going. But this fact does not make her less lovely"
-Steinbeck characterizes the Wisconsin Dells "weird country sculptured by the Ice Age, a strange, gleaming country of water and carved rock, black and green"
-When Steinbeck drives through Sauk Centre, Minnesota he notes that the city is home to a famous author. Who Sinclair Lewis
-As he drives west, Steinbeck visits a city that he argues is representative of middle America because it is in the crease created by a folded map. This city is Fargo, North Dakota
-What observation does Steinbeck make about the food (except for breakfasts) served by roadside restaurants? Clean, fresh, tasteless, colorless, all the same
-Steinbeck has a long conversation with a man who believes Steinbeck is in “the profession”. What type of job does this refer to? The theater
-It isn’t in the crease where maps fold, but according to Steinbeck which city is really the boundary between eastern and western landscapes? Missouri River at Bismarck, North Dakota. "On the Bismarck side it is eastern landscape, eastern grass. Across the Missouri on the Mandan side, it is pure west, with brown grass and water scorings and small outcrops."
-In the North Dakota Bad Lands, Steinbeck initially has a strong feeling of being unwanted in the land. "A sense comes from it that it does not like or welcome humans."
-About which state does Steinbeck write that he is “in love”? Montana
-At Yellowstone National Park, Steinbeck and Charley have several negative encounters with what type of animal? Bears
-As he looks at the Great Divide in Montana, Steinbeck observes that it is "the rise is gradual, and were it not for a painted sign I never would have known when I crossed it. It wasn't very high as elevations go. The place wasn't impressive enough to carry a stupendous fact like that."
When he visits Seattle, Steinbeck states that the city has experienced a population boom
-Seattle, according to Steinbeck, is an example of an American city that has neglected their downtown for urban sprawl, "When a city begins to grow and spread outward, from the edges, the center which was once its glory is in a sense abandoned to time"
-In California, Steinbeck spends time in a forest. What type of trees does he describe as inspiring “silence and awe”? Redwoods
-Steinbeck has difficulty writing about his childhood home. Where is it? Salinas, Northern California
-Like in the Midwest, Steinbeck notices a new type of house spreading throughout California. They are: trailer homes
Steinbeck refers to one large metro area as simply “the City”. He is referring to San Francisco
Steinbeck writes about the large size and sectionalism in the United States. He believes Americans are a “a new breed”. What does this mean? more common, united. "It is a fact that Americans from all sections and of all racial extractions are more alike than the Welsh are like the English, the Lancashireman like the Cockney, or for that matter the Lowland Scot like the Highlander."
-As he turns eastward, Steinbeck becomes tired of traveling and thinking about America and Americans. He decides to spend time investigating only two more regions. They are Texas, deep south
-In the Mojave Desert, Steinbeck considers shooting two animals before he reconsiders and leaves food for them to eat. What type of animal were they? Coyotes
Steinbeck introduces the concept of Balkanization. He states that this is the idea of separateness of the states
-In New Mexico, Steinbeck celebrates Charley’s birthday. He prepared a meal of birthday: pancakes/hotcakes with maple syrup and a stub of a miner's candle on top
-Steinbeck describes one state as “a state of mind”, “an obsession”, and a unique “nation in every sense of the word”. This is: Texas
-According to Steinbeck, which of the following was not a historical punishment for serious crimes in Virginia Death, exile to Texas, and imprisonment
-Which state does Steinbeck characterize as a place “that people either passionately love”...”or passionately hate”? Texas
According to Steinbeck, Texans who make a fortune typically first purchase a ranch, the largest he can afford, and run some cattle
-At Thanksgiving, Steinbeck celebrates the holiday at friends ranch, was big party
-In New Orleans, Steinbeck discusses a group known as “the Cheerleaders”. They are group of “mother” middle aged women who yell at black children for going to white schools
-In which state does Steinbeck encounter a “black norther” which drops ice on the highways he is traveling? Texas
-Where is Steinbeck when he realizes that (mentally) his journey is over and all he wants is to be home? Abingdon, Virginia
Created by: anitaalice
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