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 does Hal Hingham assist Sal and the others in Tucson?

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

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

4. What is Dean's job in San Francisco?

5. What is the first place Sal visits on his return trip to San Francisco in the spring of 1949?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What happens to Sal in Mexico City?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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