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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 does Ben tell his mother?

2. What do Willa and Ben find after dressing the game?

3. Who does Willa see at Ben's house?

4. Whose pending marriage is discussed among Willa and Ben's family?

5. Where does Ben kiss Willa?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is found at the foot of Willa's porch after the New Year's Eve party is over? What is done about it?

2. What does Ben asks Willa to do at the New Year's Eve party, what is her response, and what do the two of them think of Adam and Lily?

3. With whom is Tess speaking on the phone at the wake, what does she tell the person, and what is Tess's intent concerning after the funeral?

4. Why is Ben's mother, Sarah, concerned about him and what does he tell her?

5. With what is Willa have trouble with the ranch hands, who takes offense at her, and what does he do about it?

6. What does Tess decide to do about Nate's Christmas present and how does Willa feel about that?

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

8. Who discovers Pickles' body, how does she feel about it, who else comes along, and what does he tell her?

9. What does the killer do after the New Year's Eve party?

10. Why is Willa crying on the couch when Ben finds her and what does he do about it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jack Mercy married three times and considered each marriage a failure when his wife had a daughter. His last daughter lived at the ranch with him, trying unsuccessfully to earn her father's approval.

1. Do you believe the fact that Jack Mercy lived on a ranch in Montana influenced his intense desire for a son? In other words, do you think a doctor in New York City would have been more likely to not care whether his child was a boy or girl? Why or why not? Use examples from the book to support your answer.

2. In many places in the past, and even in the present, female babies were often killed or left out in the elements to die. This has social as well as moral repercussions, for example, in China at present, males are having a difficult time finding a wife because the ratio of men to women is so skewed from female infanticide. Discuss the moral or social implications of cultures which prefer male to female babies. Use examples from the book to help illustrate your answer.

3. In many countries where there is a bias towards male children, even the mother participants in that bias. Discuss the implications for the mental and emotional health of females raised in a culture where such bias exists.

Essay Topic 2

Characters are an important part of what makes Montana Sky interesting. Discuss the following "good" characters:

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

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Ben. 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 Adam. 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.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze one major theme of Montana Sky. Consider the following: How does one character's actions portray the theme you are analyzing? How does the setting contribute to that theme? Is the theme one that you would call a "universal theme"? If so, what other book or novel that you have read also includes this theme. If not, why don't you think it is a "universal" theme?

2. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of Montana Sky. How does one character's actions portray the themes you are analyzing? How does the setting contribute to those themes? Is each theme one that you would call a "universal theme"? If so, what other book or novel that you have read also includes this theme? If not, why don't you think it is a "universal" theme?

3. What benefit is there in discussing and analyzing the themes of a work of fiction? Do you think most authors consciously develop themes in their works? Why or why not? Can there be accidental themes? What do you think is one possible "accidental" theme in Montana Sky? Which theme in Montana Sky speaks to you the most in your life? Why?

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