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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What do the two locals with a gun tell Bobby and Ed about the river?
2. In the September 16 section, after calling his wife, what does Ed do next?
3. What does Ed do when the ambulance arrives for Lewis?
4. What does Ed do first after reaching the top of the cliff?
5. How does Ed get up the cliff?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Foreshadowing is used throughout the story. Give examples of foreshadowing in the story, and tell why James Dickey chose to use it there. Does he use the technique well? Explain your answer. Do you think the use of foreshadowing in the story gives away future events unnecessarily? Does it blunt the impact of those events? Explain your answer.
Essay Topic 2
What would you have done if you had taken a whitewater canoe trip similar to the one described in the story? Would you have acted as Lewis and Ed did if you were attacked in a similar manner, or would you have made a choice similar to the one Drew made? Why would you have decided the way you did? What factors would you have considered when making your decision? What do you think would have happened as a result of that decision?
Essay Topic 3
During the trip, Bobby Trippe experienced a terrible traumatic event. Discuss how this may have changed him both during the rest of the canoe trip and afterward. What kind of man was he before the trip? Do you think he is basically the same man after the trip as before? Explain your answer? How long do you think the trauma will remain a part of his personality? Why do you think this?
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