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. Who is Sam Brady?

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

3. What does Dean tell Sal after their first real argument?

4. What does Marylou do when she sees Sal on the streets of San Francisco?

5. Where do Sal and Dean's travel companions drop off Sal and Dean on their trip East in Part 3?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Sal and Dean mention finding "IT" throughout the novel

a. How do Sal and Dean define "IT"?

b. Do they ever find "IT"?

c. Do you think that "IT" has religious or spiritual undertones? Why or why not?

Cite specific examples from the book to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

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.

(see the answer keys)

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