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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 Dean seek out in Denver?
2. What does Dean do while Camille is at work?
3. How is Sal able to travel from Denver to San Francisco in the spring of 1949?
4. Where do Sal and Dean decide to travel in 1949?
5. What personal news does Dean share with Sal and Stan in Part 4?
Short Essay Questions
1. Where do Sal, Dean, and Stan Shepherd travel in Part 4 of On the Road?
2. What happens to Sal, Dean, and Marylou's car in Texas?
3. What place do Dean and Sal plan to travel to where they have never been before?
4. What is happening in Dean and Camille's lives when Sal visits them in San Francisco in the spring of 1949?
5. What happens when Dean returns to see Sal at the hotel?
6. What does Dean do when he, Sal, and Marylou arrive in San Francisco?
7. What does Old Bull think is a sign from Sal's father?
8. Who are the other passengers in the travel bureau car that belongs to a wealthy man in Chicago?
9. What arrives in San Francisco that allows Sal to return to New York?
10. What decision did the other passengers override Sal and Dean on in Sacramento?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
There are conflicting views about Dean Moriarty. One is that he has a zest for life and the other is that he is crazy. What is your opinion on these views?
Support your answer with specific evidence from the book.
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.
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