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. Where does Sal, Dean, and Marylou's car run off the road into the mud?

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

3. How does Hal Hingham assist Sal and the others in Tucson?

4. Who does Sal meet in Denver on his third trip West?

5. What is Sal and Dean's plan before they take their second trip in 1949?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does a wealthy woman assist Sal in Denver?

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

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

4. Where do Sal, Dean, and Stan Shepherd travel in Part 4 of On the Road?

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

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

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

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

9. What happens when Sal and Dean return the travel bureau car in Chicago?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

a. Are middle-class American values compatible with being Beat or does an individual need to pick one over the other?

b. Do Sal and Dean change their values or way of life depending on their circumstances, or do they hold true to their beliefs? Cite examples from the book.

c. What were some challenges to the Beat way of life that Sal faced and how did he handle them? Cite examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

Sal has views about different groups who were marginalized in mid-20th century America. What are his views on these groups? Are there any differences among categories of people? If so, why? Cite specific examples from the book.

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