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 are the Mueller children sent out to gather?

2. What does Taft say might be a problem in the community?

3. When does Perilee say they will arrive at Hattie's new home?

4. Who gives Hattie Mr. Whiskers?

5. What amuses Rooster Jim as he rides by as Hattie is plowing?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Leafie stop some men from running the Mueller's cow to death?

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

3. Describe the interaction between Traft and Hattie on April 2.

4. What are Hattie's two animals like?

5. Who arrives to pick Mattie up in Wolf Point, and why do they spend the night there?

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

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

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

9. Where does Hattie go to live at age 13, and what is Ivy's reaction to Hattie?

10. What does Hattie write to Uncle Holt and Charlie and who mails them for her?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In most fiction, readers would like all the loose ends to be neatly "tied up." Discuss the following:

1. Do you think "Hattie Big Sky" is successful as a teen historical fiction? Why or why not.

2. What about this book would motivate you to read another of Kirby Larson's western novels? What would discourage you from doing so?

3. Were all the "loose ends" satisfactorily settled for you? 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

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?)

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