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. Brautigan writes in "Man" in The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster that the man stands five inches taller than what?
(a) A taxicab.
(b) A schoolbus.
(c) A suitcase.
(d) A dandelion.

2. What does Brautigan say he saw crucified on a barbed-wire fence in "The Double-Bed Dream Gallows" from The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster?
(a) A chicken.
(b) An eagle.
(c) A frog.
(d) A hawk.

3. Where does Brautigan write he found the poem "San Francisco" in The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster?
(a) A bar.
(b) A gas station.
(c) A hunting lodge.
(d) A laundromat.

4. Where do the old people sit in "A Postcard from Chinatown" in The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster?
(a) The shower.
(b) The kitchen.
(c) The bathtub.
(d) The sink.

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 potato.
(b) A sewing machine.
(c) An airplane.
(d) A flower.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Where does the kid have "Star Spangled" nails in The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster?

3. "Widow's Lament" in The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster says that it is not quite cold enough to ask the neighbors for what?

4. What is the girl wearing in "Mating Saliva" from The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the emotional state of Brautigan in the poem "Boo, Forever"?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What is the poem "Star-Spangled' Nails" about?

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