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. Where does Hattie go after cleaning herself up and taking special care with her grooming?

2. What is the date at the opening of the novel?

3. Of what does Perilee remind Hattie at the grocery store?

4. Who rides up with a cow?

5. For what does Hattie give five dollars?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Karl say Hattie needs to do about plowing, and how does Hattie feel about plowing?

2. With what does Perilee leave Hattie as they drop her off at her new home, and what does Hattie give her in return?

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

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

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

6. Who has been Hattie's main supporters when she comes to live with Uncle Holt and Aunt Ivy?

7. Who helps Hattie in the field the next day and how does he respond to her thanks?

8. What is the first homesteading lesson Hattie learns the next morning as she goes to draw water for her coffee?

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

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

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

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

The Spanish Influenza of 1918, makes it way through much of the world and greatly impacts the lives of those who live during that time. Discuss the following:

1. Research the Spanish Influenza epidemic of 1918, and write an informative essay on what you learn. Include answers to the following questions: 1. How much of the world is impacted by this particular epidemic? 2. What is the death toll? 3. How did this epidemic affect the outcome and/or progress of World War I? 4. What were the symptoms and treatments of the disease?

2. Discuss how the flu epidemic impacts the lives of those in the area where Hattie lives.

3. Research and learn about your own family's past and find out (if possible) is your ancestors were impacted by the disease and write about what you learn.

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