Unit- Montana 1948 by Larry Watson

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					                                Unit- Montana 1948 by Larry Watson


Essential Questions:
                             What is racism and how is it dangerous?
                              What makes a character interesting?
                     How do you know when someone has reached adulthood?
                                       Does power corrupt?

Literary Terms:

Foreshadowing: hints of future occurrences
Characterization: the creation of a character through his/her words, thoughts, motivation, and
action (also through other characters‟ perceptions) Hint: Characterization includes what the
character looks like, their actions, and anything else which defines them as an individual
Irony: Its simplest definition: when the opposite of the expected happens. Often used in literature to
highlight important points and the author‟s message
Persona: is the Latin term for the mask used by actors in classical theater; now used to describe
the first-person speaker who tells the story in a narrative poem or novel, or whose voice we hear in a
lyric poem.
First and Third Person point of view
         First person narration: the speaker refers to him/herself as “I”
         Third Person limited: narrator is not in the narrative, refers to other characters as “he,”
         “she,” “they,” etc. this narrator does not know more than the characters
         Third person omniscient: same as the third person limted, except that the narrator knows
         almost everything including the characters‟ feelings, motives, thoughts
Other terms you should already know (or we will review them as a class)

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Antagonist: __________________________________________________

Protagonist: _________________________________________________

Conflict: _____________________________________________________

Flashback: ___________________________________________________

Setting: ______________________________________________________

Plot Structure: ________________________________________________



Vocabulary: find on attached study guide

Research:
As a class, we will travel to the library and research the history of the Sioux Indian. You will have to
complete a questionnaire which pertains to your findings about the tribe, and you will have to cite
your sources using MLA Documentation. (We will be consistently revisiting MLA documentation
throughout the year)
Assessment:
      Homework, various comprehension quizzes, creative in-class writing, final test. I really don’t
      like to give quizzes which ask you to regurgitate the plot of the novel. My quizzes and
      assessments focus on connecting the novel and thinking about the theme, symbolism, etc.
      However, if I see that you are not doing the assigned reading, then I will act accordingly.

Additional reading:
Poems and short stories which are connected to the novel
Name ____________________________
Mr. Neden
English 9 – Study Guide for Montana 1948

Directions:
    1. For the questions- answer in complete sentences. Be sure to list specific information and full
        explanation and analysis.
    2. For the vocabulary- write the part of speech for each word in the parentheses, then find
        the sentence in which the word appears in the text and write in the space provided. Then
        write your own sentence using the word.
You will encounter other words that you don‟t know. When you find one, write it on the list given at
the end of this packet. Also give its page number, definition, POS, sentence, and write your own
sentence using the word.

            Please stop reading at the flower symbol for many of these passages.
                                          Pages 11-38

   1. What is Marie‟s job in the Hayden house? What does David think it was?




   2. What is the reason that Wes, David‟s father, gives for Marie‟s refusal to see a doctor? What
      does this say about Wes?




   3. Give a specific scenario for each character of the book we‟ve seen so far which reveals
      some information about their character. Use your own skills to find your own answer.
                     Grandpa:




                      Uncle Frank:



                      Wes:




   4. Give one piece of information which proves that many people in Bentrock are racist.
  5. We have little, if any detail, as to why Marie doesn‟t want to see a doctor. Why do you think
     she acts this way?




Felled ( ) – cut or knocked down; killed
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Mundane (   ) – of this world; of, or concerned with the ordinary

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Monotonous (    ) – repetitiously dull

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                                           Pages 38-54

  1. What does David do when his parents ask him to leave so that they can speak alone? What
     do his actions reveal about his character? Did you expect him to do this?




  2. List a quotation from Uncle Frank that proves he is racist and explain it in your own words.




  3. Reflect and Predict: Uncle Frank may or may not be guilty of some horrible crimes. What do
     you believe and why?
Comportment ( ) – conducting oneself in a particular manner
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Lurid ( ) – marked by sensationalism or violence
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Affable ( ) – easy and pleasant to speak to; amiable
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                                          Pages 57- 82
As you read this section of the book, take notice of some repetition of objects and forces. You‟re
on a hunt for symbols. Write down potential symbols below along with the page numbers and
sentences.




1. Describe Grandpa Hayden‟ s house using your own words and two details. Analyze: What
   does the house tell you about its owner?




2. What was David supposed to shoot? What did he shoot?




3. On pages 63-64, David, as an older narrator, thinks, “…I wanted to be included, to know
   more than my eavesdropping brought me. I suppose I wanted adult status, to have my
   parents discuss the case in front of me,…” Have you ever wanted to same? Are there
   advantages to not being treated as an adult? Explain.
4. Throughout this section of the text, Grandpa Hayden reveals some key information about
   Uncle Frank. Find the two examples of key information (pgs. 72 and 76), copy down the
   exact quotes from the text, and answer the question which follows.
Quote 1:




Quote 2:




It is pretty clear that Wesley does not know this information before Grandpa revealed it to him,
did this information changes Wesley? How do you think it changed his relationship with his wife
(David‟s mom)?




Disdainful ( ) – full of, or expressing, contempt and aversion
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Sordid ( ) – dirty, filthy; marked by baseness
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 excursion ( ) – a trip that‟s usually brief and pleasurable
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                                         Pages 82-102

  1. What statement by Wes (from the ride home from Grandpa‟s ranch) proves that Uncle Frank
     is guilty?




  2. Who did David aim his gun at?


  3. What did Marie ask David when he returned from Grandma and Grandpa‟s?



  4. What was Uncle Frank holding when David saw him?




  5. What do you think about the relationship between Len and David‟s mom?



  6. David decides to give his parents some information about Uncle Frank. A) Describe what he
     told them. B) Would you have done the same? Explain.




  7. On page 101, David gives a detailed description of the role of Indians in his world. Do you
     think David respects the Indian population of Bentrock? Or does he have the same
     imbedded racism of his grandfather and uncle?




Degradation ( ) – decline to a low, destitute or demoralized state
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                                          Page 105-130

  1. Describe the special treatment that Wes gives to his brother after arresting him- two
     specifics.




  2. How did Grandpa react to Uncle Frank‟s arrest? Why does he think Wesley did it?




  3. Why did David cry? Do you think he has grown up at all or is he still a “child”?




Gregarious ( ) – social, talkative
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Aberrant ( ) – straying from the right or normal way
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                                    Pages 130- 175
  1. How has Wes changed from the beginning of the novel? Give two specific details.




  2. What do you think Wes means when he yells, “… „Don‟t ever blame Montana!”‟?




  3. Do you think David‟s parents made the right decision at the end of the novel (epilogue)?
   4. Reflect: At the end of the novel (p. 162), David says, “I felt something for my uncle…It was
      close to love.” Do you think he has forgiven his uncle or his family for what happened?




                                   Student generated vocabulary
Directions: Make a list of other words, page numbers and definitions that you find as you read.
Also write in the sentence in which they appear and write a sentence of your own. You need to find
at least eight.

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