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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 Jack have nothing to do with Jim's mother?

2. What does Ben say about Tess after Nate talks to him?

3. How does Willa now feel about her sisters?

4. What did Ham find that worries him?

5. What happens to Adam on the way to the cabin?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Willa and Ben do in Chapter 21 and how does Willa feel about it? What does Ben tell her?

2. What does Willa do to her father's office and why does she do it?

3. What does Nate tell Tess in Chapter 26 and how does she respond? What does he say to her response?

4. What does Lily confess to her sisters at the spa and what did Tess do for Willa?

5. What does the killer do to Lily?

6. Where does Jesse take Lily and what do they do once they are there?

7. Why does Lily confront her sisters and the men? What does she tell them?

8. What does Tess and Willa fight about in Chapter 18 and what does Tess tell Ben and Ben tell Tess?

9. What does Willa tell the others about Lily during a dinner party Lily hosts?

10. Why does Jesse grab Lily and how does he get away?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Montana Sky, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements (They may not contain every element of a major plot). Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not? Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Nora Roberts.

2. What in Robert's background may have helped her in writing Montana Sky? What may have influenced the way she depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

Essay Topic 3

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).

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