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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. Why does Willa think her father writes his will the way he does?

2. What is one of Tess' duties on the ranch?

3. What is one reason Jesse Cooke does not want to let Lily go?

4. How does Pickles get his name?

5. What does Louella receive when she and Jack divorce?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Tess insist Willa do when she returns from checking on the deer in the woods, and what interrupts that?

2. What does Willa see while birthing calves and what does she find?

3. In Chapter 9, what does Ham tell Willa about ranch hands and about what she needs to do?

4. Whose funeral is happening in the beginning of the book, what kind of a person was he and how does his daughter feel about the people at the wake?

5. Who is the second oldest daughter of the person in question #1, where did she come from and for what does she hope?

6. What do Nate, Adam and Ben do after the party and the discovery outside?

7. How does Jesse Cooke feel about what is happening at the Mercy ranch and what does he plan to do?

8. What do Ben, Tess and Lily discuss over soup, and what does Ben point out in their discussion?

9. What does Tess see at the corral that bothers her, what does she do, who takes her in the house, and what does he say to her?

10. What did Lily consider the trip to Mercy Ranch to be and how do her and Adam handle her revelations?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Roberts chooses the symbols she does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in the novel. Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Roberts chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Nora Robert's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, clifthangers, deux ex machina, etc...), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Roberts use too many or too few literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme).

Essay Topic 2

The main antagonist in Montana Sky is Jim Brewster, a man who has discovered he likes to kill animals and later people. The secondary protagonist is Jesse Cooke, a man who abused his wife.

1. With research, discuss whether someone like Jim Brewster should be considered innocent by reason of insanity. Use examples from Montana Sky to support your answer.

2. With research, discuss the difference in crimes committed by males versus females.

3. In your opinion, discuss why you think most violent crimes are committed by men and what is the difference between men and women that causes this phenomena.

Essay Topic 3

In this book, three sisters meet, live together for a year, meet men and end up either married or ready to be married. The plot is almost unbelievable.

1. With research, define narrative contrivance and use two situations from Montana Sky to support your definition.

2. Discuss the following statement: Narrative contrivances detract from a book if they are too unbelievable.

3. Do you think the author could have written a better book if she had not made the situation of three sisters meeting three men and just happen to fall in love with those three men all living in a small town? Explain what might have been more believable.

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