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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. William S. Burroughs' family made a fortune from producing ____________.
(a) Watches.
(b) Adding machines.
(c) Fur coats.
(d) Ink pens.

2. What is the title of the first book Jack Kerouac published?
(a) The Dharma Bums.
(b) On the Road.
(c) The Town and the City.
(d) Big Sur.

3. Who is Neal Cassady known as in On the Road?
(a) Carlo Marx.
(b) Cody Pomeray.
(c) Dean Moriarty.
(d) Jonny Moriarty.

4. What is the name of the girl Kerouac describes meeting in "The Subterraneans"?
(a) Mardou.
(b) Stephanie.
(c) Marie.
(d) Catalina.

5. "Kaddish" is a poem about the life and death of whom?
(a) Naomi Ginsberg.
(b) Alexis Ginsberg.
(c) Sarah Ginsberg.
(d) Natalie Ginsberg.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Neal Cassady's letter to Kerouac from Kansas City, Cassady explains how he met a girl named ___________.

2. What event is one of the central focuses of "America"?

3. In what year does Jack Kerouac meet Neal Cassady?

4. In what year was John Clellon Holmes born?

5. Where did Jack Kerouac attend college?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe John Clellon Holmes' writing style. How does it compare with Kerouac's?

2. Describe Kerouac's depiction of the jazz band in the excerpt from "On the Road." To whom are they compared ?

3. Describe Huncke's depictions of sexuality in his work.

4. Who is Neal Cassady? How is he introduced in the text?

5. Who is Kenneth Rexroth? What is his contribution in the anthology?

6. Describe the subject of "Visions of Cody."

7. What political allusions are used in "One Thousand Fearful Words for Fidel Castro"?

8. What biographical facts are mixed up in Kerouac's "On the Road"? What details are omitted?

9. Who is Lawrence Ferlinghetti? What is his role in the Beat movement? What is his poem "Dog" about?

10. What religious allusion is used in the poem "Thou Shalt Not Kill"?

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