The Dharma Bums Test | Mid-Book 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. To what city do Japhy, Alvah, and Ray travel in order to buy hiking equipment?

2. Where did they find the camping equipment Ray needed, such as sleeping bags and flashlights?

3. After Princess leaves, Japhy comes over to Alvah's house with a guest. Who is it?

4. Ray considers Los Angeles to be __________________.

5. Who is uncomfortable in the more expensive restaurant where the men have dinner?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Japhy and Ray find Morley again?

2. Where does Ray decide to sleep once he arrives at his mother's house?

3. What is the realization Ray has when he watches the way Japhy descends the mountain?

4. When the waitress asks the men where they will be hiking, what do the men reply?

5. Describe the character of Henry Morley.

6. How will Japhy and Ray find their way along the mountain trail, according to Japhy?

7. Describe the house where Ray Smith is staying.

8. What does Ray decide to do once the rest of the family is in bed asleep?

9. Once they reach a beautiful lake along their hike, what does Morley do?

10. What kinds of stores do Japhy and Ray go to in order to find the best hiking equipment?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The suicide of Rosie is a tragic part of this story, though it seems to be a necessary evil within the story as well.

Part 1: Describe the circumstances of Rosie's suicide.

Part 2: Who might be to blame for her suicide? Who might have been able to stop her?

Part 3: What are the consequences of Rosie's suicide?

Essay Topic 2

One of the basic tenets of Buddhism is the practice of compassion for others. In giving of one's self, one can attain true enlightenment and peace.

Part 1: How do the characters in the story define the idea of compassion?

Part 2: Describe at least two instances in which one character is compassionate to another character.

Part 3: Do the characters in the story seem to be able to be compassionate to each other? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The various settings of the story seem to convey different moods for the story. From beginning to end, the environments of the characters inform the characters themselves and vice versa.

Part 1: List three of the settings within the story.

Part 2: What is the mood of each of these settings?

Part 3: How does the mood of the story change from beginning to end? Reference different settings as they relate to these shifts in moods.

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