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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 Carolina make GC feel better about her grandson fishing on Sundays?
(a) Carolina makes GC a big Sunday supper.
(b) Carolina stops Gus from fishing on Sundays.
(c) Carolina compares fishing to church.
(d) Carolina gives CG some bourbon.

2. What happened with the Doberman and Ma?
(a) It attacked Bill Bob, so she beat it with a bat.
(b) Having escaped from its yard, Ma tamed it.
(c) Ma aimed the shotgun at the owner after it attacked Gus.
(d) It attacked Gus, so she shot it.

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

4. What is the L.Q.B.S.?
(a) A system Gus creates to balance his life.
(b) A system Ma creates for the family to balance their lives.
(c) Lots of Questions Bill Bob Seeks.
(d) Long Quests Bound for Somewhere.

5. How do Zeke's two installments of the story differ?
(a) He changes the dialect.
(b) He reinvents the first installment in the second.
(c) He becomes agitated for the second installment.
(d) He is drunk for the second installment.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Gus do the morning after Alfred's death?

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

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

4. When Gus wakes up in "I Reckon" why doesn't he know what time it is?

5. What is Bill Bob playing with when Gus finds him behind the cabin?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Izaak Walton's book about according to Ma? (Describe specific tales from it that she tells)

3. What is the story of the Garbage Gut bass and why is catching him an anticlimax for Gus?

4. 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?

5. How does Gus describe his parents' relationship?

6. Is the argument in "Voiding My Rheum" healing or destructive? Defend your answer.

7. What is a dreefee and how does it affect the Orviston household?

8. How do Ma and Henning attempt to make the cabin livable for Gus?

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

10. What catches Gus completely off guard in his ideal setting and lifestyle?

(see the answer keys)

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