Montana 1948 Test | Final 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. With whom does David's family spend the winter?

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

3. Where is Wesley going to have Frank moved?

4. What does David think when he is at Nash's Grocery Store?

5. Under what condition does Frank agree to comply with Wesley's arrest?

Short Essay Questions

1. What reason does Wesley give for withdrawing from the Sheriff's election?

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

3. What does Wesley tell David to do if there is any trouble?

4. What is the story circulating about Frank's death?

5. Why does David's family not attend Marie's funeral?

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

7. What changes David's view about the aftermath of Frank's suicide?

8. What does Wesley make it a point of to tell Gail and Wesley?

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

10. What does David say about the symbolism of the open grave?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Characters are an important part of what makes Montana 1948 interesting.

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze David. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Wesley. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Frank. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

4. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Gail. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

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

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.

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