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 write for her article in Honyocker's Homily?

2. How many rods have been planted in Hattie's absence?

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

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

5. What does Hattie discuss with Mr. Ebgard?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who has been Hattie's main supporters when she comes to live with Uncle Holt and Aunt Ivy?

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

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

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

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

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

7. What does Mr. Saboe announce?

8. What is the first homesteading lesson Hattie learns the next morning as she goes to draw water for her coffee?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The Spanish Influenza of 1918, makes it way through much of the world and greatly impacts the lives of those who live during that time. Discuss the following:

1. Research the Spanish Influenza epidemic of 1918, and write an informative essay on what you learn. Include answers to the following questions: 1. How much of the world is impacted by this particular epidemic? 2. What is the death toll? 3. How did this epidemic affect the outcome and/or progress of World War I? 4. What were the symptoms and treatments of the disease?

2. Discuss how the flu epidemic impacts the lives of those in the area where Hattie lives.

3. Research and learn about your own family's past and find out (if possible) is your ancestors were impacted by the disease and write about what you learn.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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