Desolation Angels 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. What wakes Jack up on his first night in Mexico?

2. What major manuscript is printed just before Jack moves back to Florida with his mother?

3. Who does Jack's mother live with?

4. What is the name of Jack's friend in Africa?

5. What do Jack and his mother enjoy on the bus as they leave New Orleans?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Hubbard survive in Tangiers with no real work?

2. What happens on Jack's first night in Mexico City at the end of the book?

3. Where is Jack living at the end of the book, and how does he feel about it?

4. What happens when Jack first meets Alyce?

5. What surprises Jack when he meets a group of English Beat teenagers in London?

6. What is one of Jack's main reasons for wanting to move back to California?

7. What does Raphael do on his return to New York that earns him great respect?

8. Why does Jack say the thugs on the street leave him alone when he first enters San Francisco with his mother?

9. How does Angie describe California after living there for a few weeks?

10. What causes Jack's disgust for the civilized world to increase while he is on the ship heading to Africa?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Alyce is a minor character whose presence makes a big difference in the plot. How does she accomplish this? What are some ways that her presence, however brief, alters the outcome of the plot? What would have happened differently if Alyce had not been in the book?

Essay Topic 2

Friendship is a strong theme throughout the book. Where are some places that this theme appears, and how do the characters touched by it react? How do certain friendships change over the course of the book, and what causes these changes?

Essay Topic 3

The two Ruths are very similar in nature, although very different in many other areas. What are some of these intrinsic differences and similarities, and what message(s) was Kerouac was trying to send with these two characters who have the same name?

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