Hattie Big Sky Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Kirby Larson
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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. Who brings Plug home?

2. When does Hattie's uncle Holt take her into his home?

3. What does Hattie insist for the person(s) who brings Plug home

4. What is Hattie's newest challenge?

5. Who is Violet?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Hattie defuse Traft's aggression towards Mr. Saboe?

2. Where does Hattie go on Sunday where she has not yet been, and how is she initially greeted?

3. Who helps Hattie in the field the next day and how does he respond to her thanks?

4. Where does Hattie go to live at age 13, and what is Ivy's reaction to Hattie?

5. How does Hattie find a small source of income for herself?

6. What is Hattie's newest challenge in homesteading, and how has Uncle Chester helped?

7. Explain the situation that changes the friendly reception at the church for Hattie.

8. What happens when Hattie is sixteen that jeopardizes her finishing school?

9. What does Leafie say about Traft Martin when Hattie sees Leafie at the dance?

10. What does Hattie write to Uncle Holt and Charlie and who mails them for her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are a number of interesting questions raised by teen historical fiction--questions that Larson may wish readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Larson's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Larson's probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Larson and see if/where her life may have influenced her writing.

Essay Topic 2

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not? Do you think "Hattie Big Sky" ends on a happy note? Why or why not.

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of "Hattie Big Sky" and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why this story is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "Hattie Big Sky", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement.) Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in "Hattie Big Sky". (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot.) Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

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