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. Where was Dean Moriarty living before he was first introduced to Sal Paradise in New York?

2. In which city does Sal end the "ride of his life'?

3. What does Old Bull Lee warn Sal about?

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

5. What does Old Bull Lee think of Dean?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who do Dean, Marylou, and Ed Dunkel leave in Tucson and why?

3. Why do Sal and his hitchhiker friend, Eddie, part in Iowa?

4. Where do Sal, Dean, and Stan Shepherd travel in Part 4 of On the Road?

5. What decision did the other passengers override Sal and Dean on in Sacramento?

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

7. What place do Dean and Sal plan to travel to where they have never been before?

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

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

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

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

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

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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