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 introduce to Dean with whom he forms a strong friendship?

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

3. What time of year do Sal and Dean reunite after Sal's first trip?

4. What does Sal think after his date with Rita Bettencourt?

5. What happens in Washington D.C. on the return trip from Virginia?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why does Sal break up with Lucille?

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

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

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

9. What is the wildest ride of Sal's journey?

10. What does Sal's aunt do when Dean is given a speeding ticket?

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

In American culture, starting as early as the Lewis and Clark Expedition and the California Gold Rush, California is viewed as the land of hope and promise.

a. Explain how California is viewed by Okies and Mexican immigrants in On the Road.

b. Explain how it is viewed by Sal Paradise.

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