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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. Why does Alec visit his parents' house in Part 2?

2. Garland Hebner is better known by what name?

3. How does Jick describe his father, regarding his relationship with the world?

4. During his third day of laboring on Mac's assignment, from whom does Jick hide?

5. What is Velma's responsibility at the rodeo?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the appearance of Velma affect Jick, when she arrives at the rodeo?

2. What is the topic of Lisabeth's speech at the Fourth of July Picnic?

3. Why is Ray so adept at mimicking radio personalities, and who does he mimic?

4. While Mac calls a square dance on the Fourth of July, who does Jick ask to dance and how does she respond?

5. Before the rodeo, why does Alec ask Jick to keep an eye on Leona?

6. As Jick finishes digging the new outhouse pit, why does Alec visit the McCaskill house?

7. Why is the Two country described as a toupee of grass on a cranium of rock?

8. When Earl and Alec come to blows outside the square dancing venue, how does the fight end?

9. How is a counting vee used to count sheep?

10. What are the two main causes of Dode's rodeo injuries?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The fishing exploits of the McCaskill males are mentioned frequently in the novel. Discuss the poignancy and symbolism of Mac's death, when he is found with nine fish on his stringer and one on his hook.

Essay Topic 2

Why does Doig write Part 4 as an epilogue of sorts, wrapping up events and revealing the ultimate destinies of the people Jick cares about? What is the dramatic impact of this technique? Do the characters' destinies serve to reinforce the main theme or themes of the novel? Does the epilogue style fall flat, as compared to the rich, detailed narration and dialogue featured in Parts 1-3, or does the epilogue style create a satisfying end to the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Descriptions of a past way of life are interwoven in the novel, from counting sheep to haying, from canning to square dancing. Discuss how these descriptions add depth and authenticity to the novel.

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