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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. Who catches the most fish on this day?

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

3. Other than fish, what else did the brothers do?

4. What is Norman's brother-in-law's major problem?

5. One day when Norman and Paul are fishing, Neal arrives with a woman named Old Rawhide that he met ___________________.

Short Essay Questions

1. On what is the story based?

2. Where do the two brothers go fishing?

3. Why does Paul try to avoid Norman?

4. Who are the two brothers in the story?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Norman and Jim Grierson. They seem to be complete opposites, yet Norman agrees to work with Jim. What would make Norman push past his personal distaste for Jim and agree to the working arrangement? Do you think Norman ever found any redeeming qualities in Jim?

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

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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