Hattie Big Sky Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

Kirby Larson
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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

1. What is foreshadowing? How many incidences of foreshadowing are in "Hattie Big Sky"? How does foreshadowing contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadowing in "Hattie Big Sky" including why you believe it is foreshadowing. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from "Hattie Big Sky" and your own live to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

There are a number of interesting questions raised by teen historical fiction--questions that Larson may wish readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Larson's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Larson's probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Larson and see if/where her life may have influenced her writing.

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