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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 Sarah say she is going to visit?

2. What does the man do as he thinks about his next victim?

3. When does Jesse's abuse of Lily begin?

4. About what does Willa wonder?

5. Who has the flu?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the will say about the ranch?

2. 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?

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

4. 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?

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 is the killer feeling after he kills Pickles and what does he decide at that point?

7. Where does Tess go after the funeral, who is her mother, and what is her mother like? Why did her mother marry her father?

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

9. What does Lily tell Adam about her life?

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

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

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?

2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as Montana Sky help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Montana Sky? Why or why not?

3. Choose one specific incident in Montana Sky to discuss and compare Willa's response to how you think you would respond.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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