On the Road Test | Final 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. Why is Dean unable to work in San Francisco?

2. What does Sal learn about Dean and Camille after his arrival in San Francisco?

3. What do Sal and Dean do while bar-hopping in Denver?

4. Why does the travel bureau car's owner need his car driven to Chicago?

5. What does Sal consider a sign that he and Dean need to leave Denver?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens between Sal and Marylou in San Francisco?

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

3. What does Dean's cousin, Sam Brady, tell Dean when he was attempting to locate his father in Denver?

4. How do Sal, Dean, and Marylou get money so they can make it from Arizona to California?

5. Who do Sal and Dean ride with in a travel bureau car from San Francisco to Denver?

6. Who does Dean meet at a party in New York?

7. What is the dream that both Sal and Dean have about driving?

8. Sal and Dean have their first argument at a restaurant in Denver. What is the argument about?

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

10. What happens when Sal and Dean return the travel bureau car in Chicago?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Post-World War II America was very insular by turning inward and focusing on internal issues and families. How does Beat society compare to post-World War II America?

Essay Topic 3

The author of On the Road, Jack Kerouac, thought that a connotation of the term, Beat Generation, was "beatific," meaning blessed or blissful. He also thought that the Beat Movement had spiritual or religious principles. Do you think the attitudes and actions of the characters in the book exemplify religious principles? Why or why not?

Cite specific examples from the book to support your answers.

(see the answer keys)

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