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. Who offers snide comments about other writers and poets?

2. Who becomes sick and assisted by Ray with an insight he has while meditating?

3. How many couples are at the party at Sean and Christine's house?

4. What does Ray refuse to give into, despite the temptation?

5. What is Ray's shadow ringed by one day after a deluge of rain?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ray do as he stays in the shack behind Sean and Christine's home?

2. For how long does Ray continue to meditate in the woods?

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

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

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

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

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

8. Where is Ray's future job during the summer months?

9. What does Ray refuse to do at a wild party at Sean and Christine's house?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Settling into one area seems to be something Ray is unable to do, preferring instead to travel from one location to the next as his moods dictate.

Part 1: What does the idea of always moving seem to say about Ray?

Part 2: Do you think Ray is truly a wanderer or someone who is always trying to run away from his life? Why?

Part 3: What does the wandering of Ray seem to say about the idea of being still? What does the author seem to be saying about staying in one place?

Essay Topic 2

In a sense, one could say that Japhy and Ray are 'fighting' a war against the traditional culture and the way 'normal' people live their lives.

Part 1: Describe the culture Japhy and Ray want to oppose in the way they live their lives.

Part 2: Why do Japhy and Ray oppose the way one particular class lives their lives?

Part 3: What do you think Japhy and Ray see as the best possible way of living one's life?

Essay Topic 3

The idea of 'yabyum' is one that is not only mysterious in the beginning of the story, but also even more mysterious as it is 'revealed' to Ray.

Part 1: How is the idea of yabyum defined by Japhy?

Part 2: How is Ray introduced to the idea of yabyum?

Part 3: Does yabyum seem to be truly experienced by these men? Or is it just an excuse to have sex as often as possible? Why or why not?

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