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 personal news does Dean share with Sal and Stan in Part 4?

2. What does Dean tell Sal after their first real argument?

3. Why is Dean unable to work in San Francisco?

4. Who does the travel bureau car that Sal and Dean drive from Denver to Chicago belong to?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happens to Sal in Mexico City?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sal and Dean mention finding "IT" throughout the novel

a. How do Sal and Dean define "IT"?

b. Do they ever find "IT"?

c. Do you think that "IT" has religious or spiritual undertones? Why or why not?

Cite specific examples from the book to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

a. What are Sal and Dean's views on authority and authority figures? How can they live their lives in absence of authority?

b. What are Sal and Dean rebelling against?

c. How do Sal, Dean, and their friends rebel against what they oppose?

Cite specific examples from the book to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

Jazz music is an underlying theme in On the Road.

a. Describe the role of jazz in the Beat movement.

b. Describe how jazz influences how On the Road was written.

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