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. About what does Leafie warn Hattie?

2. What is the date at the opening of the novel?

3. Who is Chester?

4. Where does Hattie go after cleaning herself up and taking special care with her grooming?

5. Where does Hattie wait for a ride to her new home in Montana?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who arrives to pick Mattie up in Wolf Point, and why do they spend the night there?

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

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

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

5. Why do Chase and Mattie not stop in for their customary biscuits at Hattie's one day, and what does Hattie do?

6. What does the letter from Hattie's uncle Chester say?

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

8. How does Hattie make use of her petticoat that her aunt Ivy always insisted upon her wearing?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Understanding the setting, both the place and time, helps the reader to enjoy a novel. Discuss the following:

1. Research Montana of the early 20th century, and then write an informative essay about the social and geographical aspects.

2. Research the treatment of German nationals and immigrants in the United States during WWI, and then write an informative essay about what you learn. Compare the information to what you read in "Hattie Big Sky".

3. Compare/contrast the life of someone in the early 20th century with that of a young person today.

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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