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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. Who does Hattie recommend for the church choir?
2. What does Hattie see when she goes to check on the children?
3. What does Grace tell Hattie to do?
4. What does Hattie discuss with Mr. Ebgard?
5. Who does Hattie write to tell of her move to Montana?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Karl say Hattie needs to do about plowing, and how does Hattie feel about plowing?
2. How does Leafie stop some men from running the Mueller's cow to death?
3. What is the first homesteading lesson Hattie learns the next morning as she goes to draw water for her coffee?
4. Where does Hattie go on Sunday where she has not yet been, and how is she initially greeted?
5. Describe the interaction between Traft and Hattie on April 2.
6. What happens the next day after the dance to the Mueller's barn?
7. Who helps Hattie in the field the next day and how does he respond to her thanks?
8. What does Leafie say about Traft Martin when Hattie sees Leafie at the dance?
9. How does Hattie make use of her petticoat that her aunt Ivy always insisted upon her wearing?
10. Describe Hattie's initial plowing efforts.
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
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
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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