1. Describe where Ivan lived with his parents when he was six.
Ivan lived with his parents back among the slopes of the Bridger Range in southwestern Montana. The sound of Sixteenmile Creek could be heard but not seen from their cabin. A meadow at the base of Hatfield Mountain make the creek curl wide to the west. At this spot, on a mountain knoll was their single-room herding cabin.
2. What happened on Ivan's sixth birthday?
On Ivan's sixth birthday, his mother died. He could hear her breathing wheeze even more than usual. Then it quieted. Then it stopped around daybreak.
3. Describe Ivan's father as he looked in Ivan's photo album.
Ivan's father was handsome with the straight broad lines of his face framed by a dimple-scar in the middle of his chin. He wore a stockman's hat. He was only five and half feet tall, but had very broad shoulders. His waist and hips were slim.
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