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

2. How much did it cost to get cottonseed cake to the ranch for the sheep during the winter of 1948-49?

3. Why did Ivan's mother tell a teacher not to use a well?

4. What color were Berneta's eyes?

5. In the 1890s, what did one Doig family member do for a living until he could size up the Montana countryside?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Thomas Ringer.

2. What did D.L. Doig raise after his ranch began to prosper?

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

4. Why wouldn't Charlie and Ruth end their marriage?

5. Why did Charlie decide to ask Bessie to help him with Ivan?

6. Describe Ivan's mother as she is seen in the photo album that he has.

7. What two sides were there to Charlie Doig?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast McGrath's hired hands Mickey and Rudy. Use examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss what Ivan means when he says that "Memory is a set of sagas we live by, much the way of the Norse wildmen in their bear shirts."

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