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 Mrs. Martin say is not needed in the choir?

2. Who does Hattie write to tell of her move to Montana?

3. How old does Hattie feel she'll be before she is finished plowing?

4. What has Hattie's uncle Holt been doing with her letters?

5. What is Hattie's problem at the water pump?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

5. Explain the situation that changes the friendly reception at the church for Hattie.

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

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

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

9. What surprises Hattie while she is in her cabin in the middle of a violent storm?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in "Hattie Big Sky". Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Larson chooses the symbols she does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in "Hattie Big Sky". Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Larson chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Larson's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, cliffhangers, deux ex machina, etc.), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Larson use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme.)

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "Hattie Big Sky", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement.) Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in "Hattie Big Sky". (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot.) Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? 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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