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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. When did Allen Ginsberg begin attending Columbia University?
(a) 1952.
(b) 1946.
(c) 1944.
(d) 1947.

2. When was Neal Cassady born?
(a) 1919.
(b) 1926.
(c) 1920.
(d) 1922.

3. Where is the city of Rotterdam, cited in Corso's "Vision of Rotterdam"?
(a) Germany.
(b) England.
(c) France.
(d) Netherlands.

4. Who became Allen Ginsberg's lover after his move to California?
(a) Adam Schwartz.
(b) Michael Orlovsky.
(c) Peter Orlovsky.
(d) Mark Patterson.

5. Where was Neal Cassady born?
(a) Los Angeles, NY.
(b) Denver, CO.
(c) Salt Lake City, UT.
(d) New York, NY.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Where did Jack Kerouac attend college?

3. What is the title of Neal Cassady's unfinished autobiography?

4. Where was Michael McClure born?

5. To whom does Allen Ginsberg write from a mental institution in "Howl"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the theme of the poem "Kaddish"?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. In his letters to Kerouac, what is Cassady's description of how he lost his old girlfriend Joan in Denver?

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

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