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 killed Ivan's mother?

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

3. How old was Ivan when his mother died?

4. How old was Berneta when Tom and Bessie moved to Montana?

5. What color were Berneta's eyes?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does a teacher who taught Ivan's mother describe an incident from her life?

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

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

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

5. Why would Ivan's father work for McGrath?

6. Why did Bessie marry Tom Ringer?

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

8. What did Ivan look like as a boy?

9. What two sides were there to Charlie Doig?

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

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

Discuss what the Stockman and other bars meant to Charlie and his friends and how the place helped the men cope with the problems in their lives.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss how the roles that Charlie, Bessie, and Ivan played changed over the years, and how Ivan became, in a sense, the parent. Use examples from the book.

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