Montana 1948 Test | Final 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. To whom does Gail urge Wesley to talk?

2. What was David practicing in a memory he shares?

3. What kills Julian?

4. Why does David think his father has been crying?

5. Where does David live as an adult?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Enid hear that causes her to start crying?

2. What was the overriding reason for the move to North Dakota?

3. Why does Wesley not tell David what is going on with Frank right away?

4. With whom has Wesley talked about the situation concerning Frank? What did he not tell the person?

5. What does David believe about the aftermath of Frank's suicide?

6. What does Wesley tell Gail and David about why Frank is in the basement?

7. Why does David decline to visit Brentrock later in his life?

8. What had Wesley said to Marie's mother about the funeral and what was Marie's mother's response?

9. What does Gail want Wesley to find out concerning Marie's funeral and why does she want to know this?

10. What does David say about his father's work load?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel? Analyze the success of Montana 1948 based upon your criteria.

2. Is the criteria for a successful adult novel different from a young adult novel? Would most adults consider Montana 1948 a successful novel? What about young teens? Justify your opinions.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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