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

2. What is one of the things Sal enjoys doing in New Orleans?

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

4. Who does Sal introduce to Dean with whom he forms a strong friendship?

5. What do Carlo and Dean take to help them stay up all night for their chat sessions?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Sal confess to Dean while traveling from New Jersey to Virginia?

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

3. What are Sal's living arrangements while he is in Denver?

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

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

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

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

8. What favor does Remi ask Lee Ann before he moves out of their house?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

On the Road depicts counterculture in 1950s America.

a. How do the main characters exemplify counterculture in the novel?

b. Why were they considered counterculture at the time?

c. Would they still be considered counterculture today?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Jazz music is an underlying theme in On the Road.

a. Describe the role of jazz in the Beat movement.

b. Describe how jazz influences how On the Road was written.

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