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 does Dean tell Sal after their first real argument?

2. Where is Camille working in San Francisco?

3. What does Sal do in Part 3, when the other passengers criticize Dean?

4. What happens in a restaurant in Denver when Sal and Dean are en route to New York?

5. What does Sal's arrival at Dean and Camille's house signify?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What happens to Sal in Mexico City?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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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