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 does Hank limit at the Snag?

2. Who narrates the funeral?

3. What are flying south for winter?

4. What do the townspeople dread?

5. What crushes Hank's arm?

Short Essay Questions

1. Summarize the prologue that opens Chapter 8.

2. What is Willard Eggleston's situation?

3. Why does Lee refuse to get out of bed?

4. Describe what happens at the Snag in Chapter 6, Part 2.

5. How do Evenwrite and Draeger get to the Stamper's house?

6. Summarize the prologue that opens Chapter 7.

7. Describe Hank's time at the Snag.

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

9. Describe the prologue that opens Chapter 9.

10. Summarize the prologue that opens Chapter 11.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

1) What is the premise of Sometime a Great Notion? Does Kesey keep to this premise throughout?

2) What would happen if he did not keep to the story's premise? Why do stories need a premise?

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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