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 Rooster Jim want to continue doing with Hattie that he did with her uncle?

2. For what newspaper does Hattie write articles about her life in Montana?

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

4. What does Hattie tie to the ring on the metal eye on the cabin?

5. Who arrives the next morning at Hattie's house?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Perilee tell Hattie when Hattie asks if she can stay there for a while?

2. What is Hattie's newest challenge in homesteading, and how has Uncle Chester helped?

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

4. What does Hattie's next installment describe?

5. What new debt does Hattie learn of when she visits Nefzger's store?

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

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

8. What does Mr. Saboe announce?

9. What happens when Hattie goes to visit Perilee?

10. How does Violet lose part of her tail?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Over the course of "Hattie Big Sky", Hattie grows as a person in both complexity and understanding. "Hattie Big Sky" might be considered a slice of Hattie's larger story of her "coming of age." It might be said that "Hattie Big Sky" is a "bildungsroman" of the narrator. Discuss the following:

1. Define Bildungsroman, or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.

2. Trace and analyze Hattie as she changes from a naive, innocent girl to a wiser, young woman. What are the significant events that change her?

3. After thoroughly analyzing the narrator's growth throughout the novel, do you think "Hattie Big Sky" could be considered Hattie's coming of age story? Why or why not?

4. Are there any other characters in "Hattie Big Sky" who go through a coming of age experience? Who? Why do you think so? (Perhaps Charlie?)

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss "Hattie Big Sky" based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1, and judge if "Hattie Big Sky" is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for adults versus young adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider "Hattie Big Sky" a successful novel? What about teens?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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