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 encounter after his date with Rita Bettencourt?

2. Why does the driver who gives Sal a ride from Harrisburg to New York refuse to give Sal any food?

3. Who does Dean find jobs for in Denver?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Sal want to leave Denver?

4. Who is traveling with Mississippi Gene?

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

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

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

8. Who is "The Ghost?"

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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.

(see the answer keys)

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