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. Who is Violet?

2. How far is Hattie's homestead from Vida?

3. How is Mr. Whiskers fed?

4. What does Hattie insist for the person(s) who brings Plug home

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why do Chase and Mattie not stop in for their customary biscuits at Hattie's one day, and what does Hattie do?

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

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

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

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

7. How does Violet lose part of her tail?

8. What does Mr. Saboe announce?

9. Where does Hattie go on Sunday where she has not yet been, and how is she initially greeted?

10. Explain the situation that changes the friendly reception at the church for Hattie.

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

1. What is foreshadowing? How many incidences of foreshadowing are in "Hattie Big Sky"? How does foreshadowing contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadowing in "Hattie Big Sky" including why you believe it is foreshadowing. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from "Hattie Big Sky" and your own live to support your opinion.

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