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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 is Jim Deakins transporting in his wagon when he first meets Boone in Chapter 3?
2. How is Teal Eye described in Chapter 19?
3. How long has Boone been with the Mandan in Chapter 16?
4. What is it about buffaloes that Boone and Dick are discussing in Chapter 13?
5. Where did John get the ball in his leg that causes him to limp?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Jourdonnais think about Dick and his priorities in Chapter 15?
2. How does Boone escape his father and the law in Louisville?
3. How is Boone sentenced during his trial in Paoli?
4. How does Boone meet Jim Deakins?
5. What are the similarities and differences in the way that Boone, Jim, and Dick view their situation in Chapter 20?
6. What lesson is learned when Boone meets Jonathan Bedwell?
7. What is life like for Boone and Jim in St. Louis?
8. How are the other passengers on the Mandan described?
9. Who do Boone, Jim, and Dick encounter in Chapter 22 and what precautions are being taken to prevent another Indian attack?
10. What is Boone's reputation when the story begins, and what trouble is he in as a result of his actions?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Guthrie uses symbolism, foreshadowing, and the weather to bring his story to life.
1) Analyze three examples of symbolism in The Big Sky.
2) Analyze three examples of foreshadowing in The Big Sky along with the events they foreshadow.
3) Analyze Guthrie's use of the weather and scenery to enhance the events that take place throughout the book, including a description of at least two examples.
Essay Topic 2
Compare and contrast the experience that Boone and Jim have while traveling the Missouri River on the Mandan with Boone's trip on the same river later in his life. Include examples of the characters and events that occur and what they add to the plot.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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