Montana 1948 Short Essay - Answer Key

Larry Watson
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1. Who is David Hayden? Where does he live when the novel opens?

The narrator, David Hayden, is the son of Wesley and Gail Hayden. They live in Brentrock, Montana, the county seat of Mercer County where Wesley serves as sheriff.

2. What is disappointing to David about his father's position as sheriff of Mercer County?

David is disappointed that his father's job isn't more exciting.

3. Gail wishes that her family lived where?

Gail would prefer that the family live in North Dakota where the land is less wild and Wesley could practice law.

4. How did Wesley come to be the Sheriff of Mercer County?

Wesley became the Sheriff of Mercer County partly as a result of following family tradition. Julian Hayden, his father, retired and asked Wesley to take the job.

5. What does David say his mother worries about concerning him?

David notes that Gail worries about his soul, and he says that his real problem is that he wants to grow up wild.

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