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. What happens by the end of the summer?

2. What does Jim do that Norman finds it difficult to maintain?

3. What does Jim invite Norman to do?

4. How does Norman try to avoid altercations with Jim?

5. What does Norman do to revive himself?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where is the location of the woods where Norman works?

2. Why does Norman make this decision?

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

4. How does Norman come to feel about Jim?

5. How does Norman perceive Jim's letters?

6. What does Norman agree to do by the end of the summer?

7. What does Norman fear about Jim?

8. What does Jim never eat at breakfast?

9. How does Norman regain some composure after his trying days with Jim?

10. How does Norman perceive Jim?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Maclean's stories in this collection are based on real-life characters whom Norman feels are larger than life, certainly larger than himself. What character traits does Norman have that the other characters do not? Why is he just as important to the stories as the other characters he seems to admire?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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