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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 Ma view dams?
(a) She thinks they are needed.
(b) She applauds them for what they do.
(c) She hates them for destroying the salmon.
(d) She feels they are a necessary evil.

2. What are Henning, Ma, and Bill Bob pretending to play when Gus comes home?
(a) Duck, Duck, Goose.
(b) Blind man's bluff.
(c) Musical chairs.
(d) Go fish.

3. Why is one reason Titus did not give for believing that Eddy will find Gus again?
(a) He told her she was beautiful.
(b) He gave her quotations to match her pole.
(c) He has her pole.
(d) He was being chivalrous, not creepy.

4. What is Bill Bob's new pastime that Gus discovers when he comes home?
(a) Fishing.
(b) Keeping Ma and Henning laughing.
(c) Airing.
(d) Running.

5. What does Gus do a lot of when he first arrives back home at the cabin?
(a) Fishing.
(b) Sleeping.
(c) Reading.
(d) Drinking.

Short Answer Questions

1. What story does Bigeater tell Gus and Ma?

2. Why does Gus go home at the end of the chapter "Philosophizing"?

3. What is the girl doing in the tree in the chapter "The Warble of the Water Owl"?

4. What do Titus and Gus do after Gus comes to an understanding about God?

5. In the beginning of "The River Writes" how does Gus now view himself in regard to fishing?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain the relationship between Descartes and Titus.

2. How does Gus dupe Dutch and why does he do it?

3. Why can't Gus communicate with Eddy when he meets her?

4. What happens to Gus when he meets the most beautiful girl that he could imagine?

5. How is Gus both full and empty emotionally at the end the chapter "Philosophizing"?

6. What neighbors does Gus meet; who are they; what do they do; what do they offer Gus?

7. What exchange do Titus and Gus have and why?

8. What is the significance of the chapter title "Closing the Door"?

9. How do Ma's views of dams differ from Thomas Bigeater's views?

10. Why is Bill Bob standing in the cold whistling?

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