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. Where is the cover photograph described as being taken in Trout Fishing in America?

2. What has been placed along the creek to kill coyotes in Trout Fishing in America's Chapter 25, "The Salt Creek Coyotes"?

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. How far downriver must Brautigan travel to get home in Chapter 4, "Red Lip" in Trout Fishing in America?

Short Essay Questions

1. What childhood memory is revisited by Brautigan in Chapter 5, "The KoolAid Wino" in Trout Fishing in America?

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

3. What is the phrase "Trout Fishing in America" used to refer to in Trout Fishing in America?

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

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

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

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

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

9. Describe Brautigan's account with the woman in the creek of dead fish in Trout Fishing in America. What imagery is used?

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 different ways that the phrase "Trout Fishing in America" is used in the novel. What is metaphorical about Brautigan's use of the phrase?

Essay Topic 2

Describe Brautigan's narrative voice and tense in In Watermelon Sugar. How is this similar or different than Trout Fishing in America?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the symbolism and motif in Chapter 20, "Worsewick" in Trout Fishing in America. What are the fish representative of in this story?

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