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. Whose ranch do Sal and Dean visit in Colorado?

2. Where do Sal and Dean decide to travel in 1949?

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

4. Where does Old Bull take Sal in New Orleans?

5. How does Sal feel after Dean confides in Sal about his reaction to their fight?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At the time it was published, On the Road was considered rebellious and obscene. It also exalts criminals, swindlers, drifters, and drug users.

a. What does Sal Paradise find so appealing about the characters and situations he encounters? Why?

b. What distinction would Sal make between being a criminal and having a zest for life, if any?

Cite 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

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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