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

2. What does Japhy do to his girlfriend before the boat departs?

3. What is the place where Ray will be staying in order to spot fires?

4. What is the name of the dog Ray and his brother-in-law fight about?

5. To where does Ray hitchhike because he does not enjoy the trip with the drunk driver?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does a local confide to Ray when the two become drunk together?

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

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

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

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

9. What do Ray and Japhy do when they begin to get bored of the party?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The idea of sexuality is one that is explored at different points of the story, but Ray's own feelings about sexuality seem to be conflicted.

Part 1: How does Ray respond to the idea of the yabyum idea? Does his reaction seem to fall in line with its definition or with his own sense of lust and longing?

Part 2: Ray seems to practice celibacy in most of the story, preferring to avoid sexual contact altogether. Is this a moralistic choice of a defense mechanism? Why do you say what you do?

Part 3: What does the story as a whole seem to say about sex? Is it a good thing? A bad thing? Spiritual? Abhorrent?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

At times, Ray seems to be almost a student of Japhy's, listening to everything he says and watching everything Japhy does.

Part 1: What does Ray want to learn from Japhy at the beginning of the manuscript?

Part 2: Is Japhy comfortable with the role of being a teacher? Why or why not?

Part 3: What does Japhy have to learn from Ray, as the story progresses?

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