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. Brautigan talks of a ballet to be performed where in Chapter 9, "The Ballet for Trout Fishing in America" of Trout Fishing in America?

2. 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.

3. What does the funeral wreath say on the plant in Chapter 9, "The Ballet for Trout Fishing in America" in Trout Fishing in America?

4. Who is on the FBI wanted poste,r in Trout Fishing in America's Chapter 19, "Trout Fishing in America with the FBI"?

5. What does Brautigan associate trout with in Trout Fishing in America?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Compare and contrast the poems "Discovery" and "Star-Spangled' Nails." How do the poems relate structurally? Thematically?

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