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. What career does David choose?

2. What happens to Gloria?

3. Where does David find his parents when he goes downstairs?

4. What does Wesley say when Julian demands to see Frank?

5. What motivates David to go downstairs?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does David say about his life in North Dakota?

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

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

4. When does David say the family decides to leaves Montana?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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?

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