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. How does Dean treat Sal's friends while in Denver?

2. Who is "The Ghost?"

3. What does Sal do after his first road trip?

4. Who does Sal introduce to Dean with whom he forms a strong friendship?

5. Who is Galatea?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Sal break up with Lucille?

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

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

4. Why does Sal want to leave Denver?

5. Who does Sal meet on the bus from Bakersfield to Los Angeles?

6. What happens to Sal, Dean, Marylou, and Ed Dunkel in Washington, D.C.?

7. Why do Sal and his hitchhiker friend, Eddie, part in Iowa?

8. What are Sal's living arrangements while he is in Denver?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In American culture, starting as early as the Lewis and Clark Expedition and the California Gold Rush, California is viewed as the land of hope and promise.

a. Explain how California is viewed by Okies and Mexican immigrants in On the Road.

b. Explain how it is viewed by Sal Paradise.

Essay Topic 2

a. Are middle-class American values compatible with being Beat or does an individual need to pick one over the other?

b. Do Sal and Dean change their values or way of life depending on their circumstances, or do they hold true to their beliefs? Cite examples from the book.

c. What were some challenges to the Beat way of life that Sal faced and how did he handle them? Cite examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the two central characters in On the Road, Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty, on the following:

a. The idea of being on the road.

b. The role of their fathers in their lives.

c. Their attitudes toward women.

(see the answer keys)

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