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 did D. L. Doig raise as a hobby at his Montana ranch?

2. At times, how much would Bessie weigh?

3. How many miles from town was the ranch that Charlie and Ruth ran together after giving up the restaurant?

4. Who was herding on Grassy Mountain when Charlie helped a scissorbill?

5. The summer they were married, near where did Ivan's father and mother live?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. When did Bessie break her marriage?

6. What two sides were there to Charlie Doig?

7. What did Ivan look like as a boy?

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

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

10. What is the one thing that Ivan cannot remember about his mother?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Ivan's Doig ancestors and his mother's ancestors. Use examples from the book.

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