A River Runs Through It Test | Final 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. To whom does Jim introduce Norman?

2. Why does this affair especially anger Norman?

3. What does Norman take away from his experience with Jim?

4. How does Jim get Norman's contact information?

5. What does Norman do to revive himself?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Norman observe about Jim's behavior with the other men?

2. What happens when Jim invites Norman to his home for dinner?

3. What does Jim do while the prostitutes are working?

4. Why is Norman especially annoyed when Jim has an affair with a local woman?

5. Why does Norman make this decision?

6. What is Jim's wintertime job?

7. What is Jim's complaint about the cooks?

8. What does Norman fear about Jim?

9. What question does Jim not ask Norman at dinner?

10. How does Norman perceive Jim's letters?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Even though he loves his brother, Norman still feels pangs of jealousy when Paul receives positive attention. Cite examples of Norman's jealousy and his attempts to rise above any petty behavior. Does Norman let Paul bask in glory because he knows Paul is challenged in other ways? What does this say about Norman's character?

Essay Topic 2

Explain the concept of irony as it relates to Jim's not eating any pie even after he has complained relentlessly that the cooks do not serve any pie for breakfast. Why would Maclean choose to include this example of Jim's behavior? Not having pie for breakfast does not seem like a big infraction, so why does Jim not let it go? Then, after he has accomplished his goal of getting pie served in the mornings, why does he not eat it?

Essay Topic 3

Explain the irony in the situation of the cook losing all his money after he has cheated to win it in the poker game. All through the story the cook has been rude and disdainful to Norman, yet it is Norman who finds the cook beaten and broken in an alley and gives him all the money he has. What does it say about Norman's character that he can rise above the difficulties he has experienced with the cook and act like a good human being? Would the cook have done the same for Norman? Explain your position.

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