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. What was the name of Japhy's girlfriend that tries to go to Japan with him?

2. Who offers snide comments about other writers and poets?

3. In what state is Ray's summer job as a fire lookout?

4. What was the name of the truck driver Ray rode with all the way up to Crescent City because the driver said he was lonely and wanted the company?

5. About what mountains does Japhy begin to tell Ray stories?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Ray hear Japhy wants to do with his life at this time?

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

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

7. What does Ray realize as he settles into his position in the middle of the woods?

8. What does Japhy's father do when he arrives at the party for Japhy's going away?

9. Why does Japhy want to introduce Ray to some friends at a lecture and discussion session?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The theme of simplicity is another obvious idea that is tested and acknowledged as the story continues.

Part 1: What are Ray's ideas about simplicity? What are Japhy's ideas about simplicity?

Part 2: What are some examples of Ray and Japhy's adherence to simplicity?

Part 3: Why is living simply preferable to living any other way, according to these characters?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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