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. What do Sal and Dean discuss while traveling from Sacramento to Denver?

2. What is the name of the horse that Sal bets on?

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

4. Where does Dean take Sal to stay in San Francisco?

5. How does Sal justify Dean's behavior to Old Bull Lee?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is happening in Dean and Camille's lives when Sal visits them in San Francisco in the spring of 1949?

2. What does Dean do when he, Sal, and Marylou arrive in San Francisco?

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

4. What does Old Bull think is a sign from Sal's father?

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

6. What place do Dean and Sal plan to travel to where they have never been before?

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

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

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

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

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.

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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