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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 are some of the regular features of life at La Honda?
2. What happens to Sandy in this part of the story?
3. What does Wolfe compare Kesey and the Pranksters to?
4. What does Cassady do when driving over the Blue Ridge Mountains?
5. Kesey says he wants everyone to do their thing and be Pranksters, but he also wants them to be:
Short Essay Questions
1. At this point, are the Pranksters losing sight of their vision? Why or why not?
2. What distracts Wolfe when he is trying to listen to Hassler explain what the Pranksters mean when they talk about the games the straight world is caught up in?
3. After Stark Naked goes mad and has to leave the group, the purpose of the trip and the documentary become clearer. What is that purpose?
4. After everything Wolfe had heard and researched about Kesey, when he finally meets him in jail, what does Kesey stress the most?
5. What do the Pranksters believe about people living the 'straight life?'
6. Why do the Leary followers dislike the Pranksters?
7. What starts to annoy the other Pranksters about Kesey at this point in their story?
8. How is Kesey's second novel, Sometimes a Great Nation, received? How does Kesey react to the reviews?
9. What is the final disappointment the Pranksters experience at Millbrook?
10. What happens when Kesey and Kerouac meet?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In the chapter "Cloud," we see the business side of LSD. How are Owsley and the Mad Chemist different? Is Owsley a visionary? Or is he just a shrewd businessman?
Essay Topic 2
Do you think that Tom Wolfe did a good job in telling the story of Kesey and the Merry Pranksters? Did you feel that he captured the essence of these people accurately? Or was he handicapped by his lack of experience with LSD?
Essay Topic 3
Were the Pranksters just being lazy by not talking about the experience on the bus? Or was it a good idea not to talk about it? Do you think that if they had started talking about their experiences with LSD on the bus things would have been different? If so, how so?
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