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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Gus get back home?
(a) Titus drives him.
(b) He drives himself.
(c) Maggie takes him.
(d) The police bring him home.

2. What is ironic about the meeting of Carolina and Henning?
(a) Henning believes she is a he.
(b) Carolina has come to hunt.
(c) Carolina loves fly-fishing.
(d) Henning won't let her fish.

3. What does Gus do for the first time in a long while with Bill Bob at the cabin?
(a) Stops fishing.
(b) Enjoys fishing.
(c) Food shops.
(d) Sleeps.

4. At what age does Gus come to the conclusion that Izaak Walton's book is useless?
(a) 20.
(b) 10.
(c) 30.
(d) 15.

5. What does Gus equate fly-fishing to for Henning in "The Parental Version"?
(a) Religion.
(b) Eating.
(c) Champagne.
(d) A good book.

Short Answer Questions

1. What gift does Henning give to Gus for the cabin?

2. What kind of a conversation do Gus and Titus have in front of the fire in "Fainting Before the Duel"?

3. How does Bill Bob spend his time at dinner as told by Gus in "Voiding My Rheum"?

4. What does Bill Bob believe a night light is?

5. What is the L.Q.B.S.?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Gus searching for the answer to death?

2. How do Titus and Gus connect?

3. What does Gus see as the problem with Ma's two emotions that Gus describes in full at the end of the chapter "Being Educated & Gittin' Brung Up"?

4. Why does Zeke tell the story of how Henning and Carolina met, and why does he tell it in the fashion that he does?

5. How does Gus react during the argument at dinner when he realizes that his parents only care about their own argument and not the story he is telling?

6. What happens with Gus and Abe? How does Gus speak to Abe? Why does he speak to Abe in this fashion?

7. What is Carolina's philosophy about the human fetus?

8. How does the "Rogue River War" create a stronger bond between Carolina and Henning rather than breaking them apart due to their differences?

9. In what ways does Ma use her shotgun and what does this say about her and the way she raises her children?

10. What does Gus see as the crux of Izaak Walton's book and how does he feel about the message?

(see the answer keys)

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