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

2. How big was the ranch that Charlie was the foreman of when he was just 25?

3. What killed Ivan's mother?

4. Where does the story begin?

5. In what type of shelter did the Ringer family live during their first Montana winter?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Thomas Ringer.

2. What happened on Ivan's sixth birthday?

3. Why did Bessie marry Tom Ringer?

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

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

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

7. What did Ivan look like as a boy?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the events in Ivan's life that led him to choose the life he leads now. Use examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the meaning of the title of the book This House of Sky.

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