I have an assignment due about this book. I didn't get to finish reading the book on time and need to answer some questions on it. Anything would help. Thank you.

1. What is the main argument of the book?

2. What is life like on a ship at this time? Why is that the case?

3. What constitutes being a man in this society? Why are those qualities esteemed?

4. According to the main characters, how should life be lived? What is going on in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to make people think this way?

5. What is the role of women in this book? What does this portrayal indicate about the status of women in the US at this time?

6. How does the book depict the relationship of humans to nature? Why might this be an issue during this time?

7. Analyze the representation of life in the western US. Why might the book highlight the aspects of society that it does?