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

2. How far does Ray hitchhike on his way to his summer job?

3. Ray realizes nobody is around to ___________ him.

4. Where does Japhy intend to travel in order to study for a long period of time?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Ray realize during one of his meditations he is empowered to do?

4. As Japhy and Ray catch up a bit, what does Ray seem to feel about Japhy's demeanor?

5. What does Ray want to do when Japhy suggests they go to the lecture and discussion session?

6. What is the vision Ray has in the fog while at Desolation Peak?

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

8. What does Ray's brother-in-law think about his time in the woods and in the house?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The spontaneous life of Ray is one that some readers admire and other readers abhor. The ability to move from one place to another, one idea to another is freeing and yet it creates the sensation of never being grounded.

Part 1: What are some examples of Ray's spontaneous way of life?

Part 2: How are Ray's beliefs also spontaneous? In what ways do his beliefs shift?

Part 3: Would you like to live the way Ray does? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

While the characters profess to have a strong believe in Buddhism and its tenets, there is still the underlying theme of superiority.

Part 1: In what ways do Ray and Japhy feel they are superior to others?

Part 2: Why doesn't this idea of being better than other become problematic to these two men? Or does it?

Part 3: Does it seem like these men are true followers of Buddhism when they talk about how other people are not living the 'right' way? Can one be Buddha-like when they are critical of others?

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