Richard Brautigan's Trout Fishing in America ; the Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster ; and, in Watermelon Sugar Test | Final Test - Medium

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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What are the three poker players in "Poker Star" from The Pill Versus The Springhill Mine Disaster?
(a) Cowboys.
(b) Rabbits.
(c) Dogs.
(d) Sheepherders.

2. What does Great Sparrow pull between the children in "Education" from The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster?
(a) A red wagon.
(b) A mule cart.
(c) A blue wagon.
(d) A silver cart.

3. The poem, "All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace" from The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster, talks of deer walking past what?
(a) Caterpillars.
(b) Computers.
(c) Mice.
(d) Mountains.

4. For whom is "I've Never Had It Done So Gently Before" dedicated in The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster?
(a) Emmett.
(b) John.
(c) M.
(d) Madeline.

5. In the poem "I Feel Horrible. She Doesn't" from The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster, what does Brautigan write he wanders around the house like?
(a) A sewing machine.
(b) A potato.
(c) An airplane.
(d) A flower.

Short Answer Questions

1. What year did Brautigan write in "Your Departure Versus the Hindenburg" in The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster?

2. "December 30" in The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster cites what time in the morning?

3. Where does Brautigan write of going to bed in "The Beautiful Poem" of The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster?

4. What does Ophelia float like in "The Rape of Ophelia" in The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster?

5. What does Brautigan write he wants to shower him with maps in "Map Shower" in The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster?

Short Essay Questions

1. To what is Brautigan referring in the poem, "The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster"?

2. Describe the simplicity of the poem "November 3." What is Brautigan's subject in this poem?

3. Discuss the tone of the poem "The Return of the Rivers." What does Brautigan describe here?

4. How does Brautigan's poetry in The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster differ from his prose in In Watermelon Sugar?

5. What is referred to in the poem "1942" from The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster?

6. Describe Brautigan's use of nonsensical, surreal imagery in the poem "Yes, the Fish Music." What is the purpose of the imagery?

7. What imagery is used in the poem, "The Winos on Potrero Hill"?

8. In what poems from The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster does Brautigan reflect personal thoughts?

9. Describe the subject of the poem "All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace." What does Brautigan hope for in this poem?

10. In which poem does Brautigan refer to the Hindenberg Disaster? How?

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