This House of Sky: Landscapes of a Western Mind Test | Final 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 was the single room called that Ivan qualified for when he was in college?

2. During the second summer herding sheep on the reservation range, how long did it take to move the sheep four miles during a freak July storm?

3. Where did Bessie spend the Christmas after herding the sheep on the reservation range?

4. How far was the new ranch that McGrath was leasing from the Camas ranch?

5. As Ivan drove himself and Bessie back to the reservation range after a week away, how many years did he realize that he, Charlie, and Bessie had managed to stay together?

Short Essay Questions

1. How would Ivan and Bessie try to save the sheep when they were plagued with ticks?

2. Describe the place where Ivan and other financial-aid students lived.

3. Why was Ivan asked if he had just come out of the military when he was a freshman in college?

4. What did a sheepwagon look like?

5. How did Charlie settle Ivan and Bessie down after McGrath tore into them for letting sheep die during Charlie's absence?

6. What did Ivan decide to do about college?

7. What was McGrath's philosophy about hiring hands?

8. Why did Charlie almost shoot a man one day on the reservation range?

9. Why did Charlie leave Bessie and Ivan alone to herd the sheep?

10. What was Ivan's first room of his own like at college?

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

Argue whether it was as difficult for Bessie to say goodbye to Charlie when he died as it was difficult for her to come and live with him and Ivan. Use examples from the book to support your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

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

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