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. How is Sal able to travel from Denver to San Francisco in the spring of 1949?

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

3. Where does Dean take Sal to stay in San Francisco?

4. What are Sal and Dean's travel companions' reactions when they overhear Sal and Dean's discussing their car dream?

5. Who do Sal and Dean travel with on their 1949 trip to Denver?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What happens to Sal in Mexico City?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are conflicting views about Dean Moriarty. One is that he has a zest for life and the other is that he is crazy. What is your opinion on these views?

Support your answer with specific evidence from the book.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

The quote, "Three writers does not a generation make," is sometimes attributed to Beat writer, Gregory Corso. Since the Beats only constituted a handful of writers, how would you explain the impact of the Beat Movement on future generations and the youth of today?

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