The Dharma Bums 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 Ray leave his equipment when he hikes back to El Paso in the morning?

2. What does Ray tell Japhy he wants more than anything else in the world at one particular moment?

3. What is the profession of the person who comments that El Paso gets 360 days of sunshine a year?

4. Where does Ray stay for a little over a month after Japhy departs?

5. To what city do Ray and Japhy go to visit for a day?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Japhy's reaction to Rhoda's fiance?

2. How does Ray help his mother and her illness?

3. What realization does Ray have that truly makes him feel free?

4. Describe Rhoda's fiance as Ray sees him at their first meeting.

5. What do Ray and Japhy do to help out Sean as he is providing accommodations for the both of them?

6. What does Rheinhold Cacoethes do during the going away party for Japhy?

7. What does Ray dream about when he is sleeping during the night after Japhy and he begin their hike?

8. What does Ray realize about himself once he arrives at his summer job?

9. How does Ray get from Los Angeles to San Francisco as he searches for Japhy's shack?

10. Where is Japhy living when Ray finally finds him along his journey?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Not surprisingly, one of the main themes in "The Dharma Bums" is the idea of non-conformity. This makes sense, given the time period in which Kerouac wrote.

Part 1: How is the theme of non-conformity expressed in this manuscript?

Part 2: Is there one person who seems to be more non-conformist than the rest? Why did you choose the person you did?

Part 3: If everyone is non-conformist, then can anyone truly be non-conformist? Isn't conforming to non-conformity problematic?

Essay Topic 2

One's perception of one's self can often to lead to decisions that are based on image, rather than internal desire.

Part 1: In this story, how does Ray's perception of himself affect the way he lives his life?

Part 2: In this story, how does Japhy's reception of himself affect the way he chooses to live his life?

Part 3: Is it a good idea to make decisions based on how you want to be perceived? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The characters of Ray and Japhys could not be more alike or more different from each others, creating an interesting interplay in the story itself.

Part 1: Describe the character of Ray as he is portrayed in the story.

Part 2: Describe the character of Japhys as he is portrayed in the story.

Part 3: Which character seems to have nobler intentions, as Buddhism warrants? Why did you choose the character you did?

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