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. What did the man drive who drew the map of Grider Creek in Trout Fishing in America?

2. What does Brautigan refer to as "the John Dillinger capital of America" in Trout Fishing in America?

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

4. Where does Brautigan say he is staying in Chapter 4, "Red Lip" of Trout Fishing in America?

5. Where does Brautigan describe hiking in Trout Fishing in America's Chapter 27, "The Teddy Roosevelt Chingader"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. In Chapter 13, "Sea, Sea Rider," of Trout Fishing in America, Brautigan stops by a bookstore one afternoon in 1959 and is seduced by a couple. What does the bookstore owner then say?

5. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the tone and theme of In Watermelon Sugar and Trout Fishing in America. How are they similar? How do they differ?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the imagery of "All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace" from The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster. How does the imagery tie to the theme of the poem?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the symbolism and imagery in "Our Beautiful West Coast Thing" in The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster. What poet is cited in this poem?

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