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

2. What happens to Stan shortly after he, Sal, and Dean depart from Denver?

3. What does Sal do to put a rift in his friendship with Dean and Camille?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What decision did the other passengers override Sal and Dean on in Sacramento?

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

4. What does Camille do to Dean and Sal in the spring of 1949?

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

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

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

8. Why does Dean want to take the trip with Sal and Stan?

9. Whose ranch do Sal, Dean, and the two passengers visit in Colorado?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Des Moines, Sal experiences the distinction of the East of his youth and the West of his future.

a. What does the West represent to Sal?

b. Contrast his life when he is living on the east coast and when he is living out west.

c. How have his voyages changed his views on life?

Essay Topic 2

Friends play a significant role in Sal Paradise's life.

a. As a result of a rift among his friends, Sal is torn between the more established and secure types, like Chad King, and the more frenzied Dean Moriarty and Carlo Marx. How does being torn between friends represent Sal's inner conflicts between being established or rebellious?

b. How do relationships with friends function in Beat culture?

Essay Topic 3

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.

(see the answer keys)

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