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 does Ivan's father remember covered the slopes when it was just him and Ivan's mother?

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

3. When was the Old Auditorium built in White Sulphur Springs?

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

5. During what decade did settlers first come into Ivan's area of Montana?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Ivan make to help with herding the sheep to the reservation range?

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

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

4. What surprised Ivan's teacher about him?

5. What did Ivan do the year after graduating from college?

6. What was wrong with the sheep when Charlie was off fencing?

7. What happened on Ivan's sixth birthday?

8. What was it like sharing the trailer house when Charlie, Bessie, and Ivan were on the reservation range?

9. What did Ivan decide to do about college?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the way that Ivan and his father adjusted to the death of Berneta.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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

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