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 is Remi Boncoeur's girlfriend?

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

3. What does Dean want his friends to help him with?

4. What does Lucille think about Sal's friends?

5. What is Central City?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Sal break up with Lucille?

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

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

4. What does the group of friends do while in New York on New Year's Eve?

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

6. What do Sal, Ray Rawlins, and others do in an old mining town outside of Denver?

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

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

9. What job does Remi Boncoeur find for, Sal when he arrives in San Francisco?

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

Jazz music is an underlying theme in On the Road.

a. Describe the role of jazz in the Beat movement.

b. Describe how jazz influences how On the Road was written.

Essay Topic 2

The author of On the Road, Jack Kerouac, thought that a connotation of the term, Beat Generation, was "beatific," meaning blessed or blissful. He also thought that the Beat Movement had spiritual or religious principles. Do you think the attitudes and actions of the characters in the book exemplify religious principles? Why or why not?

Cite specific examples from the book to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

Sometimes individuals or groups who refuse to adjust to mainstream society experience penalties for their decision. Do Sal and his friends experience any negative effects from those who are in mainstream America?

Cite specific examples from the book to support your answers.

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