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. What does Gail say about the winds of Montana?

2. What does Gail worry about concerning David?

3. What does David say about his father's work gun?

4. What can Wesley do on the reservation?

5. Why is David sad at the dinner table?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does David note about the conversation between Frank and Wesley, which David observes from afar?

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

6. What does Wesley begin investigating?

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

8. When David talks to Marie about her cough, what is she adamant about not doing?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two.

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think Montana 1948 is? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 3

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character.

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is that is serves as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as Montana 1948 help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Montana 1948? Use examples from Montana 1948 and your own life to support your answer.

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