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

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

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Kirby Larson.

2. What in Kirby Larson's background may have helped her in writing "Hattie Big Sky"? What may have influenced the way she depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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