This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind Test | Mid-Book 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 color were the dogs that appear with the photographs of Ivan's parents?

2. Where did Ivan's father have a small scar?

3. Where did Tom's family come from?

4. What color were Berneta's eyes?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What two things during Ivan's early weeks in the first grade set off any interest within him?

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

3. What two sides were there to Charlie Doig?

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

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

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

7. What good and bad luck did Charlie Doig, his mother, and brothers have in 1919-1920?

8. Where did Ivan and his parents go during the last winter of World War II?

9. Why did Ivan's father and Cliff decide to leave an outfit?

10. Describe Thomas Ringer.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss how first Charlie and then Charlie and Bessie made a family for Ivan. Use examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the role that the land played in people's lives in the book. Use examples from This House of Sky.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the marriages of Bessie and Tom, Charlie and Berneta, Charlie and Ruth, and Ivan and Carol. Use examples from This House of Sky.

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