A River Runs Through It Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Why are Jessie and her mother tending to Jessie's brother?

2. Who helps take Neal upstairs to bed?

3. What do Norman and Mr. Maclean come to realize?

4. After Norman is married, he asks Paul to do him what favor?

5. What do the brothers and their father do at the end of the day?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Norman not remain to fish with Neal?

2. Where do Norman and Paul escape from Norman's family problems a few days later?

3. What is Norman's reaction to the phone call?

4. What favor does Norman ask of his brother, Paul?

5. What is the occupation of Norman and Paul's father?

6. Who are the two brothers in the story?

7. Why does Norman's mother-in-law enlist Norman's help on Neal's behalf?

8. How does Norman react to Neal's arrival a few days later?

9. What happens one night after Norman and Paul spend the day fishing?

10. Who goes on the fishing trip the next morning?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why does Norman find Jim Grierson to be such a repugnant character? What is known about Jim and Norman's backgrounds which may indicate the huge conflict in their personalities? Jim is probably intelligent because he reads all the time and he is crafty enough to make extra money, so where is the disconnect for Norman as far as Jim is concerned? Support your answer with examples.

Essay Topic 2

Even though Norman and Jim do not get along, Jim writes letters to Norman after Norman returns to college. Why do you think Jim wants to maintain contact with Norman? Has Norman inadvertently done anything to lead Jim into believing that this is something that Norman wants also? Or does Jim just need to continue his braggart behavior and finds that doing it via letters is better than not doing it at all? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Norman and Mr. Maclean feel powerless to help Paul rid alcohol from his life. Explain what Norman and Mr. Maclean could have done to help Paul. What sources of support are available today for alcoholics that were not available at the beginning of the twentieth century? Do you think that Mrs. Maclean quietly tried to help Paul and ended up enabling him instead?

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