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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 is the name of the West Coast literary revolution which was heralded largely by the Six Gallery reading?

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

3. Herbert Huncke introduced William S. Burroughs to _____________.

4. When was Rotterdam bombed by the Nazis?

5. Where did Carl Soloman meet Allen Ginsberg?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Who is Micheal McClure? Describe his "Peyote Poem."

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

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

7. 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?

8. Describe William S. Burroughs' excerpt from "Junky." What is significant about this subject?

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

10. What does Ann Charters write of the origination of the Beats in the Introduction?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare the poems of Herbert Huncke in the text to the works of Allen Ginsberg. How do the writers differ in style? What themes and subjects are common?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the importance of the novel Go and John Clellon Holmes' impact on the Beat Generation. What was the response of the Beats upon Go's publication?

Essay Topic 3

What was the San Francisco Renaissance? When did it take place? What was the Gallery Six reading about?

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