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. Who does Sal meet in Denver on his third trip West?

2. What is Sal and Dean's plan before they take their second trip in 1949?

3. In Part 3, who takes the wheel of the vehicle that Dean and Sal are riding in while in Sacramento?

4. Who is Marylou's new boyfriend in San Francisco?

5. Who do Sal, Dean, and Stan meet in a town called Gregoria?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are the car owner and the couple all too happy to drop Sal and Dean off in Denver?

2. What happens when Dean returns to see Sal at the hotel?

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

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

5. What does Sal do to put a damper on the friendship with Dean and Camille?

6. What happens to Stan on the way to Mexico?

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

8. What happens to Sal, Dean, and Marylou's car in Texas?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the concept of time in On the Road and include the various views of time to the following groups:

a. Beat time.

b. American time.

c. Mexican time.

d. African-American/jazz time.

e. Dean Moriarty and time.

Essay Topic 2

Dean Moriarty is a criminal who is at times wild and erratic, and who sometimes abandons wives and friends at his convenience.

a. Why are so many people attracted to him?

b. What qualities does Dean Moriarty have that makes Sal see him as a "holy saint"?

c. Are these qualities central to what it means to be "beat"?

Cite specific examples from the book to support your answers.

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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