On the Road Test | Mid-Book 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. Who does Sal reunite with at the restaurant while having dinner with Lee Ann, Remi, and Remi's stepfather?

2. Who does Sal see that makes him feel that he is closer to Denver?

3. Who is "The Ghost?"

4. What does Sal's aunt do in Washington D.C.?

5. Where do Sal and Dean decide to visit before returning to San Francisco?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Old Bull Lee warn Sal about in New Orleans?

2. Who do Dean, Marylou, and Ed Dunkel leave in Tucson and why?

3. Why do Sal and Terry go to Terry's home town of Sabinal?

4. What does Sal confess to Dean while traveling from New Jersey to Virginia?

5. How does Sal get the money to travel from Denver to San Francisco?

6. What does Sal find out when he calls Chad King after he arrives in Denver?

7. What is happening in Sal Paradise's life before he meets Dean Moriarty?

8. What is Sal's relationship like with Rita Bettencourt?

9. What does Sal's aunt do when Dean is given a speeding ticket?

10. What favor does Remi ask Lee Ann before he moves out of their house?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Dean Moriarty is a criminal who is at times wild and erratic, and who sometimes abandons wives and friends at his convenience.

a. Why are so many people attracted to him?

b. What qualities does Dean Moriarty have that makes Sal see him as a "holy saint"?

c. Are these qualities central to what it means to be "beat"?

Cite specific examples from the book to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

A connotation of the term, Beat Generation, means that they were discouraged or down and out.

a. Do you think the characters in On the Road fit this definition?

b. What connotation(s) of the term Beat Generation do you think the characters exemplify and why?

Cite specific examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

Sal has views about different groups who were marginalized in mid-20th century America. What are his views on these groups? Are there any differences among categories of people? If so, why? Cite specific examples from the book.

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