Montana 1948 Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Larry Watson
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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. What does Julian Hayden lead the town in doing?

2. What does Wesley begin investigating the day after Frank visits Marie?

3. Who is Frank?

4. What does David tell his mother about Marie?

5. Why does Gail want to stay home?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Marie Little Soldier and why does David like her?

2. Why are Gail and Wesley at odds with each other as they drive to Wesley's parents' home?

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

4. Why have Wesley and Gail not had more children?

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

6. What does David think when he sees his grandfather on the porch as they drive up to the house?

7. Who is Marie's boyfriend?

8. What does David do when he visits his grandparents?

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

10. What does David recall about when he was ill and staying with Frank and Gloria?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in Montana 1948. Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Watson chooses the symbols he does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Watson chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Watson's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, cliffhangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Watson use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

Essay Topic 2

Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels.

1. Compare/contrast the characters of Wesley and Frank. Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples.

2. Compare/contrast the characters of David and Wesley. Which one seems to be more of a well-rounded character?

3. Compare/contrast the characters of Julian, Frank and Wesley. Which one seems to be more of a well-rounded character?

4. Analyze how three of the secondary characters in Montana 1948 help to drive the plot. What does each contribute to the storyline? Are any of the secondary characters unnecessary?

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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