Montana Sky Test | Mid-Book 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. Where has Jesse Cooke been hired?

2. How does the stranger feel as he relives his encounter with Pickles?

3. What does Jesse feel after he murders again?

4. What does Willa do when she sees a deer while driving?

5. What do Adam and Willa do after their conversation?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Ham say to Willa about the ranch and her in Chapter 16?

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

3. Why do Tess, Lily and Adam ride out in the snow, what do they see, why do they argue, and what interrupts their argument?

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

5. What does Adam tell Willa about a deer in the woods and what does Willa do about it?

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

7. What does Lily tell Adam about her life?

8. What do Willa and Ben find the day after the funeral, how do they find it, and what do they do about it?

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Roberts chooses to write the novel as a third person, impersonal narrator. Discuss the following:

1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of Montana Sky being written in the third person, impersonal narration?

2. Do you think the novel would be more effective in a different point of view? Which one if so? If not why do you think the impersonal narrator works the best?

3. Do you think the narrator in Montana Skya is reliable, i.e., do you believe the narrator is completely unbiased? Explain your response.

Essay Topic 2

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 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. Discuss the following:

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 Living Dead in Dallas is? Explain your response.

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