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. What do Carlo and Dean take to help them stay up all night for their chat sessions?

2. In Des Moines, Sal experiences the distinction of the East of his youth and the West of his __________________. (fill in the blank)

3. How does Lee Ann feel about Sal staying with her?

4. What does Sal confess to Dean on their trip to Virginia?

5. What does Old Bull Lee warn Sal about?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Dean inform the group about at a party where Carlo is reading his poetry?

2. Why does Dean Moriarty visit Sal at his aunt's house in Patterson, New Jersey?

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

4. Why does Sal Paradise travel West?

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

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

7. Why doesn't the driver offer Sal any food on his trip from Pittsburgh to New York?

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

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

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

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

Explain the concept of time in On the Road and include the various views of time to the following groups:

a. Beat time.

b. American time.

c. Mexican time.

d. African-American/jazz time.

e. Dean Moriarty and time.

Essay Topic 3

In Des Moines, Sal experiences the distinction of the East of his youth and the West of his future.

a. What does the West represent to Sal?

b. Contrast his life when he is living on the east coast and when he is living out west.

c. How have his voyages changed his views on life?

(see the answer keys)

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