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 never speaks of the tragedy?

3. Who catches the most fish on this day?

4. Norman is a fly fisherman and Jessie's brother is a __________________________.

5. What does Norman and Paul's father do with them?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who are the two brothers in the story?

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

4. Where do the two brothers go fishing?

5. Why does Paul try to avoid Norman?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the irony in Norman's being punished and sent to a mountaintop location with spectacular vistas. Does Bill know that Norman will not be especially industrious on the mountaintop? Is the lesson one in which Norman is supposed to meditate on his mistakes and emerge with a different point of view? By opening up Norman's vistas, is Bill also opening up his mind and attitude?

Essay Topic 2

Why is Norman drawn to Bill Bell? What is it about Bill's personality and behavior that is appealing? Why do you think Bill is so blase about Norman? Do you think Norman senses this and tries all the harder to impress Bill? Why does Norman need to be liked so much?

Essay Topic 3

Do you feel that Norman is drawn to Bill Bell because Bill is a father symbol to Norman? Norman is seventeen years old and has his own father with whom he has a good relationship so why is Bill's opinion of him so important to Norman? Is Norman's age and inexperience a factor in Norman's feelings? Does he still need the approval of an older male figure, regardless of the circumstances? Explain your opinions.

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