Angle of Repose 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. When the money runs out and the group is facing a winter of no work, what do they decide to do?

2. How does Susan occupy her time during the years the Wards are waiting for financial backing on the irrigation project?

3. How does the author tell the reader about Susan and Oliver's life after the irrigation project failed?

4. What does Susan ask of Oliver that he cannot give her?

5. How did Ollie almost lose his life in the canyon?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the theme of this chapter?

2. How has the Wards' life changed, and how has it stayed the same?

3. Why does Lyman feel more depressed than interested at this point in his writing work ?

4. How does this chapter highlight the differences in approach to life by Oliver and Susan?

5. What are Oliver's reasons for sending Pricey back to England?

6. Susan and Oliver separate as he takes the surveying job and she moves the family to Victoria BC - how does part of the Wards' life compare with Lyman's own personal history?

7. Why do Oliver and Susan argue when he returns from the mine inspection in Mexico?

8. What is the underlying message to Augusta in Susan's letter from Mexico?

9. What is the final rip in the fabric of the Ward marriage?

10. Why is the job offer from US Geological Survey a mixed blessing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Could Susan have been a mining engineer? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Susan was influenced by many people in her life. Choose one to write on, using the interaction between Susan and that person, and the extent of the influence:

1) Augusta

2) Thomas

3) Oliver

4) Frank

Essay Topic 3

What role did Shelley Rasmussen play in the plot movement in this novel? How did she compare with Susan Ward in Lyman's eyes? How did the author use Shelley to explain Lyman's character?

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