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 river does Brautigan write of in "Education" in The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster?
(a) Klamath River.
(b) Foxwoods River.
(c) Cold Pine River.
(d) Mississippi River.

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

3. Brautigan writes "The Fever Monument" in The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster while poet-in-residence at what university?
(a) U.C.L.A.
(b) University of California.
(c) N.Y.U.
(d) California Institute of Technology.

4. In what year was "The Beautiful Poem" of The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster written?
(a) 1969.
(b) 1964.
(c) 1959.
(d) 1967.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the first item in "Karma Repair Kit: Items 1-4" of The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster?

2. "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?

3. What color hair is referred to throughout "Horse Child Breakfast" in The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster?

4. How many children does the woman have in the basement in "Education" in The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster?

5. What is one of the women looking at in "Alas, Measured Perfectly" from The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster?

Short Essay Questions

1. What theme permeates the poem "I Feel Horrible. She Doesn't"? What symbolism supports this theme?

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

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

4. What qualities are outstanding in the poems of Brautigan in terms of imagery?

5. What similes and metaphors are used in the poem "Sonnet" 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. In what poem from The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster does Brautigan cite "Casablanca"? How?

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

9. What description does Brautigan illustrate in the poem "Poker Star"?

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

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