Essay Topic 1
The beginning of The Big Sky is also the beginning of Boone's journey to the West on his own.
1) Describe the events that lead to Boone's decision to leave home for the first time.
2) Explain Boone's options and what might have happened if he had chosen to stay.
3) Analyze Boone's decision to leave and its importance to the overall plot of the story.
Essay Topic 2
Discuss the influence that Boone's family has on his travels and the decisions that he makes throughout the book, including his father's role in the trip to Louisville, and the letter that his mother writes to him.
Essay Topic 3
Explain the lesson that Boone learns when he encounters Bedwell and how Boone remembers the situation later in life when he returns to that area of the country.
Essay Topic 4
Jim Deakins is an essential character to Boone and the story.
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