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 is Galatea?

2. Why do Sal and his friends leave the party in Central City?

3. What event is taking place in Washington D.C. when Sal, Dean, Marylou, and Ed Dunkel are traveling through?

4. What job does Dean find after Sal first meets him in New York?

5. Who is Remi Boncoeur's girlfriend?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What job does Remi Boncoeur find for, Sal when he arrives in San Francisco?

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

4. Why does Lee Ann throw Remi out of their house?

5. Why does Sal stop in Cheyenne instead of continuing to Los Angeles with the two brothers from Minnesota?

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

7. Who is traveling with Mississippi Gene?

8. Why does Sal want to leave Denver?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the time it was published, On the Road was considered rebellious and obscene. It also exalts criminals, swindlers, drifters, and drug users.

a. What does Sal Paradise find so appealing about the characters and situations he encounters? Why?

b. What distinction would Sal make between being a criminal and having a zest for life, if any?

Cite examples from the book to support your answers.

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

Sometimes individuals or groups who refuse to adjust to mainstream society experience penalties for their decision. Do Sal and his friends experience any negative effects from those who are in mainstream America?

Cite specific examples from the book to support your answers.

(see the answer keys)

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