Wallace Stegner: Biography & Books


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Wallace Stegner's book The Big Rock Candy Mountain was inspired by:

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1. Stegner won the Pulitzer Prize in 1972 for:

2. Stegner was responsible for developing a strong writing program at which of the following schools?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Because of his richly textured upbringing and constant thirst for knowledge, Wallace Stegner was able to contribute to the fabric of American society in a number of ways. This quiz/worksheet combo addresses areas that include Stegner's inspiration and his environmentalism.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessments to measure your knowledge of the following, as they pertain to Stegner:

  • The Big Rock Candy Mountain
  • Stegner's Pulitzer Prize
  • The North American West
  • Stegner's writing program
  • The National Wilderness Preservation System

Skills Practiced

The quiz and worksheet allow students to practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - make sure that you retain the most important information from the related lesson on Wallace Stegner
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding Stegner's formative years and his inspirations and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the contributions to the fields of education and conservation made by Stegner

Additional Learning

In order to broaden your understanding of Wallace Stegner and his work, read through the accompanying lesson entitled Wallace Stegner: Biography & Books. Among other objectives, the lesson stresses the following:

  • Comment on Stegner's difficult childhood and the influence his father's demise had on him
  • Discuss what resulted from the publishing of Remembering Laughter
  • Investigate Stegner's accomplishments over a 26-year period while teaching and directing a program at a specific university
  • Explain a prevalent point of view in Steger's fiction and non-fiction work
  • Talk about Stegner's view of history