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. Mount Edith is the name shown on maps, but what do those who live in the area call the mountain?

2. Where does the story begin?

3. How much did Charlie Doig weigh?

4. When did Rose Gordon graduate from high school?

5. What did Ivan receive as an early sixth birthday present?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What happened on Ivan's sixth birthday?

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

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

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

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

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

9. What two sides were there to Charlie Doig?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss why to Ivan his high school years were a regiment of calm rather than the torchlit, raucous time that many high schoolers experience. Use examples from the book.

Essay Topic 2

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."

Essay Topic 3

Discuss why Ivan says that "Memory is a kind of homesickness."

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