Sometimes a Great Notion Test | Final 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. What did Evenwrite learn from his father?

2. What do Lee and Hank both comment on in their narratives?

3. Who narrates the funeral?

4. Who does Willard's mistress plan to marry?

5. Who drives Hank and Lee home?

Short Essay Questions

1. Summarize the prologue that opens Chapter 7.

2. What is Hank's reason for not putting an end to the strike?

3. What does Lee realize as he watches his brother fight and beat up Biggy?

4. Summarize the prologue that opens Chapter 10.

5. Summarize the novel

6. Why does Hank not want Joe-Ben to shoot the geese?

7. Summarize the prologue that opens Chapter 11.

8. Why is Evenwrite worried about the rain?

9. What is Willard's mistress' plan to continue their relationship?

10. Why does Henry need to show Hank how to cut trees the old fashioned way?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The novel is set mostly in the state of Oregon.

1) What meaning does Oregon bring to the novel? What would you automatically presume about a novel that was set in Oregon?

2) How different do you think today's Oregon is to the Oregon in the novel? How do you think the novel's meaning would change if it were set in today's Oregon?

Essay Topic 2

Kesey was a big part part of the counterculture. Using two examples from the novel, discuss the ways the story reflects Kesey's political ideas?

Essay Topic 3

Examine 1960's family life. How is 1960's family life reflected in the novel? Are the Stampers' problems specific to the 1960's? In what way does Kesey's representation of a 1960's family communicate his ideas on 1960's life?

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