Montana 1948 Test | Mid-Book 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. Who is at David's home when he gets back from school on Monday?

2. Why don't Gail and Wesley have more children?

3. What is part of the reason Wesley became a sheriff?

4. What is one thing Marie spends much time and energy doing?

5. What has David's grandmother told him that makes it difficult for David to sleep the night of Marie's death?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do Wesley and Frank believe Marie wants Gail in the room when Frank examines Marie?

2. What observation does David make about Ollie Young Bear concerning Ollie smiling?

3. With whom does Wesley talk to when he calls Frank? What does the person say?

4. Who is David Hayden? Where does he live when the novel opens?

5. What does David notice about his house when he gets home and Marie is sleeping?

6. How does David know Wesley is going to investigate Frank?

7. What does David tell Gail when she comes home for lunch, and what is Gail's response?

8. What does David find Len doing when he goes for pie and how does Len explain himself?

9. How does Gail compare the winds in Montana with the wind in North Dakota?

10. What does Gail learn as she questions Marie about Marie's illness?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

David now comes to believe that Julian's power will win out in the end, that Frank will not face any punishment for his crimes, and that only Wesley and his family will suffer. When David poses this to his mother, she says that he might be correct, indicating that she and Wesley have also talked over this possibility.

1. How do you think it might affect David to believe his grandfather has so much power? Use examples from Montana 1948 and your own life to support your answer.

2. In what ways does David think his family will suffer for Franks’ crimes? Use examples from Montana 1948 and your own life to support your answer.

3. In what ways do you think the families of most criminals suffer? Use examples from Montana 1948 and your own life to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

1. Identify the term "theme" as it pertains to a story.

2. Analyze one major theme of Montana 1948. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Analyze two secondary themes of Montana 1948. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

Essay Topic 3

David seems to believe that he doesn't quite fit into life. He says that he believes there is some secret to being comfortable in situations and that he hasn't quite learned the secret.

1. Discuss other reasons David does not think he fits into his life. Use examples from Montana 1948 and your own life to support your answer.

2. Discuss the ways in which David’s feelings might be universal among all teenagers. Use examples from Montana 1948 and your own life to support your answer.

3. Discuss points that you might tell David if he was explaining to you how he feels about himself. Use examples from Montana 1948 and your own life to support your answer.

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