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 months did Ivan and his parents live in the cabin mentioned in "Time Since."

2. What would Ivan's mother do to keep him quiet and cool on hot afternoons?

3. How many herding dogs appear in the photographs of Ivan's parents?

4. When did an earthquake damage the Old Auditorium in White Sulphur Springs?

5. Where did one Doig family member emigrate other than the U.S.?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What surprised Ivan's teacher about him?

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

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

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

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

9. Describe Thomas Ringer.

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

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 Ivan's relationship with his grandmother. Use examples from the book.

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