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 does Norman agree to do with Jim?

2. What is gyppoing?

3. Eventually how does Norman come to feel about Jim?

4. What happens a few days later?

5. How does Norman meet Jim Grierson?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Norman perceive Jim's letters?

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

4. What is Jim's wintertime job?

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

6. What does Norman fear about Jim?

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

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

9. Why does Norman make this decision?

10. How does Norman perceive Jim?

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

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

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.

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