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. Where does Wesley decide to keep Frank?

2. For whom does David cry that night in bed?

3. Who arrives at David's house at nine that night?

4. What does Wesley tell David to do if there is any trouble while Wesley is gone?

5. What did Mel Paddock think when Wesley gave him the name of the suspect?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who probably knows the truth about Frank's death and what does David think the person will do?

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

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

4. Which person that knew the truth about Frank had strokes later?

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

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

7. What does Wesley do after coming out of the basement and talking to Frank?

8. What does Gail urge Wesley to do concerning Gloria?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in Montana 1948. Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of justice in Montana 1948. Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters encourage justice? Which characters ignore justice? How is justice finally resolved?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of prejudice in Montana 1948. Who is prejudice? How is that prejudice shown? What symbols does Watson use to represent prejudice? How is prejudice shown in a subtle way? Overtly?

Essay Topic 3

David will come to believe that his uncle Frank is the entire problem. He needs to realize that his grandfather's attitude about Frank is a problem, too.

1. Discuss reasons you think David believes all the problems of the family is the fault of Frank. Use examples from Montana 1948 and your own life to support your answer.

2. Discuss the reasons that much of the dysfunction in the Hayden family originates from Julian. Use examples from Montana 1948 and your own life to support your answer.

3. What are some of the ways Julian could have changed the way he raised Frank that might have kept his son from being the adult he becomes? Use examples from Montana 1948 and your own life to support your answer.

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