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 did Dean, Marylou, and Ed Dunkel leave in Tucson and why?

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

3. What is Central City?

4. What does Lee Ann do after Remi loses their money at the horse races?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Sal want to leave Denver?

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

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

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

5. What does Sal learn about Dean's love life in Denver?

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

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

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

9. How does Sal react after he introduces Dean Moriarty to Carlo Marx?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

Post-World War II America was very insular by turning inward and focusing on internal issues and families. How does Beat society compare to post-World War II America?

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