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 old is Norman when he first meets Jim?

2. What happens a few days later?

3. What form is the final communication Norman receives from Jim?

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

5. Why does Norman accept the invitation?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Norman perceive Jim?

2. What does Jim never eat at breakfast?

3. Why does Norman make this decision?

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

5. Who does Norman meet one summer while logging in the woods?

6. How does Norman perceive Jim's letters?

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

8. What is Jim's wintertime job?

9. What does Norman fear about Jim?

10. How does Norman come to feel about 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

Neal and Paul's alcoholism seem starkly out of place in the pristine region of the Blackfoot River area. Explain the irony of the personal angst set against this breathtaking backdrop. Also explain why personal problems can happen even in the most beautiful of locations.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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