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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. While hunting the first morning of the canoe trip, why does Ed miss the buck at which he shoots?
2. In the September 16 section, after disposing of the shooter's body, what do the men find as they continue on down the river?
3. After falling in the river on the second day of the trip, how does Ed get through the whitewater?
4. In the September 16 section, what does Ed ask of his wife when he calls her?
5. What does Lewis say when Ed returns to camp and tells him he missed a buck?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
When the men find Drew's body, they realize he may not have been killed by a gunshot after all. How does this discovery add to the plot twists and turns of the story? How does the uncertainty about the cause of Drew's death change the men's future actions? Explain how events following Drew's death are affected by the men's original belief that he was shot to death, then by the uncertainty about the cause of death. What did the author hope to accomplish with this plot twist?
Essay Topic 2
While climbing the cliff and preparing to kill the attacker, Ed takes time to admire the awesome view. It is a well known psychological phenomenon that during times of great stress some people become acutely aware of seemingly insignificant things. Choose at least three of the following to discuss:
1) Tell why you think James Dickey chooses to include this phenomenon in his novel and why he does so at this point in the story? What revelation about Ed results from this scene?
2) Do you believe this event adds to the drama of the situation or detracts from it? Explain your answer.
3) If any of the other characters had climbed the cliff to kill their attacker, do you think that character would have stopped and admired the view? Why or why not? Why does the author choose this character to accomplish this task?
Essay Topic 3
Choose one of the following options to write about:
1) Throughout the book, contrasts are made between the suburban lifestyle of the four main characters and the lifestyle of the inhabitants of the rural South where the trip takes place. Compare and contrast these two lifestyles as described in the book. Tell why you think the author chose these two groups to portray in his novel.
2) Discuss James Dickey's choice of the rural South as a setting for his novel. Tell what you think led him to choose this setting. Explain why and how his choice of place works well for this story or why you think it does not. Imagine the story with a different setting. Tell how that different setting might change the outcome of the story.
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