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. Where does Frank meet Gloria?

2. Where is Wesley seated at dinner?

3. What had Ronnie done in the past?

4. According to David, what does Ollie never do?

5. While bowling with David and Wesley, what does Ollie do?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Ollie Young Bear?

2. Gail wishes that her family lived where?

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

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

5. What does David want to ask his mother when the two are sent outside, and why does he not do so?

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

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

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

9. What does David hear Marie doing one day? What makes David fearful for Marie?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Wesley and Gail are obviously at odds, though it doesn't seem to be an all-out fight. The situation is bound to be difficult for Wesley who is torn between the righteous anger of his wife and the fact that his brother is probably guilty of several rapes and sexual assaults.

1. Discuss the reasons Wesley and Gail are at odds. Use examples from Montana 1948 and your own life to support your answer.

2. What might be difficult for David about his parents’ situation? Use examples from Montana 1948 and your own life to support your answer.

3. Do you think Wesley would have handled the situation with Frank if it had been someone he did not know? Why or why not? 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

Over the course of Montana 1948, David grows as a person in both complexity and understanding. Montana 1948 might be considered a slice of David's larger story of his "coming of age." It might be said that Montana 1948 is a "bildungsroman" of David Hayden.

1. Define Bildungsroman, or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.

2. Trace and analyze the character of David as he changes from a more carefree, innocent boy to a wiser, young man. What are the significant events that change David?

3. After thoroughly analyzing David's growth throughout Montana 1948, do you think Montana 1948 could be considered David's Coming of Age story? Why or why not?

4. Are there any other characters in Montana 1948 who go through a Coming of Age experience? If so, identify the character and explain their Coming of Age experience.

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