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. After Sal leaves Terry, he rides a bus from Los Angeles to which city?

2. Who is Mississippi Gene harboring from the law?

3. What is Central City?

4. Why is Sal's friend ejected from the upscale restaurant in San Francisco?

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

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

4. Who is "The Ghost?"

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

6. Why does Sal want to leave Denver?

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

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

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

10. Who is traveling with Mississippi Gene?

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

(see the answer keys)

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