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 do Sal and Terry connect with in Sabinal?

2. Who does Sal see that makes him feel that he is closer to Denver?

3. How does Lee Ann feel about Sal staying with her?

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

5. Why does Sal's aunt think they were picked up in Washington D.C.?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who are the other passengers in the travel bureau car that belongs to a wealthy man in Chicago?

2. Why doesn't the driver offer Sal any food on his trip from Pittsburgh to New York?

3. What arrives in San Francisco that allows Sal to return to New York?

4. What happens to Sal in Mexico City?

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

6. Why does Sal Paradise travel West?

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

8. What does Dean inform the group about at a party where Carlo is reading his poetry?

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

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

a. What are Sal and Dean's views on authority and authority figures? How can they live their lives in absence of authority?

b. What are Sal and Dean rebelling against?

c. How do Sal, Dean, and their friends rebel against what they oppose?

Cite specific examples from the book to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

a. Are middle-class American values compatible with being Beat or does an individual need to pick one over the other?

b. Do Sal and Dean change their values or way of life depending on their circumstances, or do they hold true to their beliefs? Cite examples from the book.

c. What were some challenges to the Beat way of life that Sal faced and how did he handle them? Cite examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

Sal has views about different groups who were marginalized in mid-20th century America. What are his views on these groups? Are there any differences among categories of people? If so, why? Cite specific examples from the book.

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