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. What does Hattie discuss with Mr. Ebgard?

2. Who brought extra knitting needles for Hattie to use?

3. How does Hattie's uncle Holt surprise Hattie?

4. Where does Traft offer to take Hattie?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Karl say Hattie needs to do about plowing, and how does Hattie feel about plowing?

2. How does Hattie have to go into more debt because of the savings stamp drive?

3. What news does Jim bring and what is Hattie's reaction?

4. With what does Perilee leave Hattie as they drop her off at her new home, and what does Hattie give her in return?

5. What does Traft have to say as he stops by and waters his horse?

6. What happens the next day after the dance to the Mueller's barn?

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

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

9. How does Elmer Junior intervene for his father and what is the result?

10. How does Hattie help Mr. Ebgard?

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

1. What is foreshadowing? How many incidences of foreshadowing are in "Hattie Big Sky"? How does foreshadowing contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadowing in "Hattie Big Sky" including why you believe it is foreshadowing. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from "Hattie Big Sky" and your own live to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and sometimes it is the other way around. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:

1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?

2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?

3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?

4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.

5. What type of plot do you think "Hattie Big Sky" is? Explain your response.

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