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 36, "Sandbox Minus John Dillinger Equals What?" of Trout Fishing in America, who does Brautigan recall setting up John Dillinger?

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

3. 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.

4. What does the waterfall turn out to be in Chapter 3, "Knock on Wood, Part II," of Trout Fishing in America?

5. What season begins Chapter 10, "A Waldon Pond for Winos" of Trout Fishing in America?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Richard Brautigan's use of satire and parody in Trout Fishing in America. How does Brautigan's writing reflect the anti-establishment sentiments of the 1960s movements 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

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

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