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. Why does Leafie do when she observes who is with the cow?

2. What does Mr. Saboe announce at dinner?

3. What do Perilee and the children do with Hattie on Sunday?

4. Where does Traft offer to take Hattie?

5. Why does Hattie go over to talk to Perilee?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the interaction between Traft and Hattie on April 2.

2. What are Hattie and Perilee working on as Perilee waits to deliver her baby, and what does Perilee promise?

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

4. What neighbor does Hattie meet in the local grocery store and what does he tell her?

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

6. How does Leafie stop some men from running the Mueller's cow to death?

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

8. How does Hattie help Mr. Ebgard?

9. What does Charlie write to Hattie in a somber letter?

10. What do they have to do with the new baby since she is premature?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss "Hattie Big Sky" based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1, and judge if "Hattie Big Sky" is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for adults versus young adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider "Hattie Big Sky" a successful novel? What about teens?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. Who is/are the protagonists of "Hattie Big Sky" and why?

2. Who is/are the antagonists of "Hattie Big Sky" and why?

3. Which three secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot?

4. Are any of the characters dispensable and which ones? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Define irony in literary terms. Discuss the irony of the situation of how Hattie prays for divine intervention after the hailstorm destroys her crops but most would consider a hail storm an "act of God." What other situations contain irony in "Hattie Big Sky"?

2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use and meaning of five symbols you choose to analyze from the story. What do they symbolize? Is the symbolism obvious? Effective? Does the symbolism contribute to the enjoyment of reading?

3. Discuss five literary devices that occur in "Hattie Big Sky" and how they are used. Are they effective? Do they add or detract from the reading of the book? Why or why not. Some possible techniques: Allusion, connotation, denouement, dialogue, flashback, figurative language, motif, metaphor, narrator, point of view, simile, mood, and puns.

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