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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In the 1890s, what did one Doig family member do for a living until he could size up the Montana countryside?
(a) Tailor.
(b) Weaver.
(c) Bartender.
(d) Blacksmith.

2. Where did the Indian tribes retreat to in the early years of settlement after leaving the area where Ivan and his father lived?
(a) Beyond the Missouri River.
(b) Idaho.
(c) Wyoming.
(d) Colorado.

3. What would the camptender bring when he came out to the Doig's cabin?
(a) T-bone steak and a barrel of whiskey.
(b) Groceries and mail.
(c) Orders from the ranch boss.
(d) More sheep.

4. In old photos, what type of hat did Ivan's father wear?
(a) Baseball cap.
(b) Boonie hat.
(c) Cowboy hat.
(d) Stockman's hat.

5. How long might Ivan ride a sawbuck pack saddle as he followed his parents when they were herding?
(a) All day.
(b) Four hours.
(c) Half a day.
(d) Two hours.

Short Answer Questions

1. How much did Charlie Doig weigh?

2. How old was Charles Doig when his wife died?

3. What was the main chore that Tom and Bessie performed at the ranch where they lived?

4. Mount Edith is the name shown on maps, but what do those who live in the area call the mountain?

5. How many students were in Ivan's first grade classroom?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why were the clockless mountain summers over for Charlie Doig when Berneta had died?

2. Describe where Ivan lived with his parents when he was six.

3. When did Bessie break her marriage?

4. What was different about Ruth from the other ranch cooks?

5. Why was it hard for Ivan when he and his father stayed with Ivan's Uncle Angus and his family?

6. Who asked Charlie and Ivan to move in with him so Ivan could start school?

7. Describe Ivan's father as he looked in Ivan's photo album.

8. What two sides were there to Charlie Doig?

9. Can Ivan see the sickness to come in the photos of his mother?

10. Where did Bessie work after Tom left and she ended their marriage?

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