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. How does Jim insist on staying in contact with Norman?

2. What is gyppoing?

3. How does Jim abuse women?

4. What does Norman think gyppoing would do for him?

5. What does Jim force Norman to do?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Norman make this decision?

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

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

4. What is the content of Jim's final letter to Norman?

5. What does Jim never eat at breakfast?

6. How does Norman perceive Jim's letters?

7. What happens when Norman returns to college?

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

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

10. How does Norman perceive Jim?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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.

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