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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. In "One Thousand Fearful Words for Fidel Castro," Ferlinghetti is convinced that Castro's cause is ___________.
(a) Powerless.
(b) Evil.
(c) Insane.
(d) Just.

2. Upon which Beat writer was The Dharma Bums based?
(a) Gary Snyder
(b) Michael McClure.
(c) Neal Cassady.
(d) Allen Ginsberg.

3. What excerpt of Gregory Corso's questions what it means to be Beat and if there is even such a thing?
(a) "Marriage."
(b) "Bomb."
(c) "Song of a Generation."
(d) "Variations on a Generation."

4. Herbert Huncke introduced William S. Burroughs to _____________.
(a) Marijuana.
(b) Cocaine.
(c) Peyote.
(d) Heroin.

5. In "Visions of Cody," Cody is especially talented at ______________.
(a) Pool.
(b) Bowling.
(c) Darts.
(d) Football.

Short Answer Questions

1. When was Neal Cassady born?

2. In his letters to Kerouac, whom does Cassady write that he has been sleeping with, but her mother doesn't like him?

3. What is Herbert Huncke's fictionalized name in Go?

4. Which is the first of Lawrence Ferlinghetti's poems featured in Some San Francisco Renaissance Poets Part One?

5. Whom did Neal Cassady marry in 1948?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are Herbert Huncke's contributions in the anthology? On what subjects does he focus?

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

3. Describe the symbolism in "On the Road" as it relates to the theme of American values. What is an example of Kerouac's metaphor of America?

4. What repetition is used in the "Peyote Poem"? Why?

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

6. Who is John Clellon Holmes, and what is his impact on the Beat Generation?

7. Describe William S. Burroughs' style in "Naked Lunch."

8. What is Ginsberg's subject in "A Supermarket in America"?

9. Where does Jack Kerouac refer to his own style of writing in "On the Road"? What metaphor does the author make?

10. What are some examples of religious allusion in "Howl"? What do they represent?

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