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. Whose fishing log book does Brautigan find in Trout Fishing in America's Chapter 34, "Trout Fishing on the Street of Eternity"?

2. From where is Brautigan's family's friend in Chapter 5, "The KoolAid Wino" in Trout Fishing in America?

3. The notorious criminal, in Trout Fishing in America's Chapter 22, "The Mayor of the 20th Century," is compared to who?

4. What is written above the door of the church described in Chapter 1, "The Cover for Trout Fishing in America"?

5. In Trout Fishing in America's Chapter 17, "The Message," Brautigan comes upon a herd of sheep driven by a man who resembles whom?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 14 of Trout Fishing in America, "The Last Year the Trout Came up Hayman Creek," how long is it until game and fish officials come and what happens?

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

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

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

5. What is the story Brautigan relates in Trout Fishing in America, Chapter 3, "Knock on Wood, Part II"?

6. Where does Chapter 4, "Red Lip" take place in Trout Fishing in America? What happens in this story?

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

8. In Chapter 44, "Trout Fishing in America NIB," after working at a Christmas tree store, what does Brautigan do?

9. Who does Brautigan encounter in Chapter 17, "The Message"? What simile does he use to describe this person?

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

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

Essay Topic 3

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

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