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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 is Hattie still unable to plant?
2. What month is coming up shortly?
3. What is Aunt Ivy's perspective on Hattie's staying with them?
4. Where does Hattie go after cleaning herself up and taking special care with her grooming?
5. What does Rooster Jim want to continue doing with Hattie that he did with her uncle?
Short Essay Questions
1. Where does Hattie go on Sunday where she has not yet been, and how is she initially greeted?
2. Who helps Hattie in the field the next day and how does he respond to her thanks?
3. What does Karl say Hattie needs to do about plowing, and how does Hattie feel about plowing?
4. Who arrives to pick Mattie up in Wolf Point, and why do they spend the night there?
5. Who has been Hattie's main supporters when she comes to live with Uncle Holt and Aunt Ivy?
6. Explain the situation that changes the friendly reception at the church for Hattie.
7. What does Hattie write to Uncle Holt and Charlie and who mails them for her?
8. What is the first homesteading lesson Hattie learns the next morning as she goes to draw water for her coffee?
9. What does Mr. Saboe announce?
10. What does the letter from Hattie's uncle Chester say?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Over the course of "Hattie Big Sky", Hattie grows as a person in both complexity and understanding. "Hattie Big Sky" might be considered a slice of Hattie's larger story of her "coming of age." It might be said that "Hattie Big Sky" is a "bildungsroman" of the narrator. Discuss the following:
1. Define Bildungsroman, or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.
2. Trace and analyze Hattie as she changes from a naive, innocent girl to a wiser, young woman. What are the significant events that change her?
3. After thoroughly analyzing the narrator's growth throughout the novel, do you think "Hattie Big Sky" could be considered Hattie's coming of age story? Why or why not?
4. Are there any other characters in "Hattie Big Sky" who go through a coming of age experience? Who? Why do you think so? (Perhaps Charlie?)
Essay Topic 2
Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:
1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?
2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as "Hattie Big Sky" help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading "Hattie Big Sky"? Why or why not.
3. Choose one specific incident in "Hattie Big Sky" to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.
Essay Topic 3
Characters are an important part of what makes "Hattie Big Sky" interesting. Discuss the following:
1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Hattie. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.
2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Perilee. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.
3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Traft Martin. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.
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