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. Where does the kid have "Star Spangled" nails in The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster?
(a) His suitcase.
(b) His coffin.
(c) His car.
(d) His bed.

2. What color light drips in "Your Necklace is Leaking" of The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster?
(a) Blue.
(b) Red.
(c) Silver.
(d) Black.

3. What does Brautigan harbor himself towards in "Hey, Bacon!" in The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster?
(a) Two eggs scrambled.
(b) Two eggs over easy.
(c) Pancakes.
(d) An omelet.

4. What was the poem "San Francisco" written on in The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster?
(a) A bathroom stall.
(b) A paper bag.
(c) A paper plate.
(d) A wall.

5. A piece of what falls off the wooden salad bowl in "Haiku Ambulance" in The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster?
(a) Salad.
(b) Green pepper.
(c) Potato.
(d) Tomato.

Short Answer Questions

1. The poem, "All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace" from The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster, talks of deer walking past what?

2. Where do the old people sit in "A Postcard from Chinatown" in The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster?

3. Brautigan writes in "Discovery" of The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster, "The petals of the vagina unfold like _________ taking off his shoes."

4. What is the glass square surrounded by in "The Fever Monument" in The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster?

5. What year is cited in "Alas, Measured Perfectly" from The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Where does Brautigan's humor arise in the poem "Haiku Ambulance"? How?

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

5. What imagery does Brautigan produce in the poem "December 30"?

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

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

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

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

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

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