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 happens to Sal in Mexico City?

2. What plans do Sal and Stan make during Sal's last trip to Denver?

3. What does Sal do in Texas to get money to buy gas?

4. Who does Dean seek out in Denver?

5. What news does Dean share with Stan and Sal while in Mexico?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

(see the answer keys)

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