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

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 42, "The Cleveland Wrecking Yard," of Trout Fishing in America, Brautigan takes a San Francisco bus to the Cleveland Wrecking Yard, where a used trout stream is for sale at ___ per foot.

2. The third recipe listed, by Brautigan in Chapter 6, "Another Way of Making Walnut Catsup" of Trout Fishing in America, is for "A Spoonful _____."

3. Brautigan writes in Chapter 8, "Grider Creek" of Trout Fishing in America that the large creeks were running muddy from the snow melting off what mountains?

4. Chapter 6, "Another Way of Making Walnut Catsup" in Trout Fishing in America, has how many recipes?

5. Brautigan says he learned about trout fishing in America from his stepfather in what year?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where in Trout Fishing in America does Brautigan write about being a sixth-grade student? What story does he tell?

2. Who is Trout Fishing in America Shorty? Describe this character.

3. What chapter in Trout Fishing in America refers to Alcoholics Anonymous? What happens in this story?

4. What is Chapter 6, "Another Method of Making Walnut Catsup" comprised of in Trout Fishing in America?

5. What does Brautigan write that he admires in the story of Chapter 8, "Grider Creek" in Trout Fishing in America?

6. Where is Brautigan fishing in Chapter 12, "Trout Fishing on the Bevel"? What imagery does he use in this description?

7. Describe the autopsy report written by Brautigan in Trout Fishing in America. To whom is Trout Fishing in America compared?

8. What is the first exposition that Brautigan offers in Trout Fishing in America? What is this a description of?

9. Who is compared to Jack the Ripper in Trout Fishing in America?

10. Where does Brautigan tell his wife he is going in Chapter 10, "A Walden Pond for Wings" in Trout Fishing in America? Where does he actually go?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the setting of In Watermelon Sugar. What is notable about this setting in comparison to that of Trout Fishing in America?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the plot structure of In Watermelon Sugar. How does the novel differ structurally from Trout Fishing in America?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the critical response to Brautigan's work. How were each of these three books received by critics? What literary circles was Brautigan associated with?

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