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 is Hattie's newest challenge?

2. What does Traft Martin ask Hattie?

3. How does Hattie get to Montana?

4. How old is Hattie when she becomes an orphan?

5. How does Traft Martin help Hattie?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Hattie's initial plowing efforts.

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

5. How does Hattie defuse Traft's aggression towards Mr. Saboe?

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

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

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

9. What neighbor does Hattie meet in the local grocery store and what does he tell her?

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

Essay Topics

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

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think "Hattie Big Sky" is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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