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

2. How old was Ivan when his mother died?

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

4. What was the name of the ranch where Tom and Bessie found work?

5. Where did Charlie and Ivan return to live after Berneta died?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Thomas Ringer.

3. What two things during Ivan's early weeks in the first grade set off any interest within him?

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

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

6. Why did Bessie marry Tom Ringer?

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

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

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

10. What business did Charlie and Ruth run together?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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

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