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 Hattie spend hours studying over?

2. Why is Hattie still unable to plant?

3. What does Hattie see when she goes to check on the children?

4. Who does Hattie recommend for the church choir?

5. What is Hattie's newest challenge?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Violet lose part of her tail?

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

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

4. What happens when Hattie is sixteen that jeopardizes her finishing school?

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

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

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

8. What happens when Perilee and the children go with Hattie to church?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Choose one of the following to discuss:

1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in "Hattie Big Sky". Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Larson chooses the symbols she does?

2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in "Hattie Big Sky". Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Larson chooses the metaphors she does?

3. Discuss Larson's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, cliffhangers, deux ex machina, etc.), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Larson use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme.)

Essay Topic 3

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?

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