Richard Brautigan's Trout Fishing in America ; the Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster ; and, in Watermelon Sugar Test | Final 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 do the old people sit in "A Postcard from Chinatown" in The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster?

2. What year did Brautigan write in "Your Departure Versus the Hindenburg" in The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster?

3. To whom is "Map Shower" in The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster dedicated?

4. What type of dawn does Brautigan write of in "Your Necklace is Leaking" of The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster?

5. To whom is "The Shenevertakesherwatchoff Poem" dedicated in The Pill versus The Springhill Mine Disaster?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what poem from The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster does Brautigan cite "Casablanca"? How?

2. In which poem does Brautigan refer to the Hindenberg Disaster? How?

3. What imagery is used in the poem, "The Winos on Potrero Hill"?

4. What is the poem "Star-Spangled' Nails" about?

5. What is referred to in the poem "1942" from The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster?

6. Where does Brautigan's humor arise in the poem "Haiku Ambulance"? How?

7. In what poems from The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster does Brautigan reflect personal thoughts?

8. Describe the subject of the poem "All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace." What does Brautigan hope for in this poem?

9. Describe the simplicity of the poem "November 3." What is Brautigan's subject in this poem?

10. What similes and metaphors are used in the poem "Sonnet" from The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the plot structure of In Watermelon Sugar. How does the novel differ structurally from Trout Fishing in America?

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

Describe Richard Brautigan's unique style of narrative in Trout Fishing in America. Define narrative voice and tense in your answer.

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