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

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

3. The story is an _________________ one.

4. Why do Norman and Paul get a late start the next morning?

5. How is Old Rawhide dressed when Norman and Paul drop her off in town?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What do Norman and Paul find when they return to the spot where they left the car?

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

5. What do Norman's wife and mother-in-law finally realize about Neal?

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

7. Neal declares that he wants to fish but what does he do instead?

8. What is Reverend Maclean's second passion after religion?

9. What do Norman and Paul receive in the form of sermons from their father?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mrs. Maclean dotes on Paul and refuses to talk about his death at the end of the story. Explain the concept of denial and how Mrs. Maclean will not address Paul's alcoholism. By refusing to look at Paul's weakness, how does Mrs. Maclean inadvertently contribute to Paul's death?

Essay Topic 2

Norman never does achieve the level of esteem he hopes for from Bill. Does this have anything to do with Norman's choice not to return to Bill's crew the following summer? Or does Norman just want to expand his skill sets by working in a different area? Why would Bill ask Norman to return if he did not like him? Compare and contrast what Bill and Norman were looking for from each other.

Essay Topic 3

Like Neal, Paul also has a problem with alcohol but Paul is able to maintain a home and keep a job. Compare and contrast the characters of Paul and Neal. Unfortunately, Paul's struggle with alcohol has a tragic end. Do you think Paul's personality would have allowed any restrictions or was he a bright flame that was destined to burn out early? What do you think was Neal's fate?

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