Hattie Big Sky Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

Kirby Larson
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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Why does Leafie do when she observes who is with the cow?

2. What does Mr. Saboe announce at dinner?

3. What do Perilee and the children do with Hattie on Sunday?

4. Where does Traft offer to take Hattie?

5. Why does Hattie go over to talk to Perilee?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are Hattie and Perilee working on as Perilee waits to deliver her baby, and what does Perilee promise?

3. What news does Jim bring and what is Hattie's reaction?

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

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

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

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

8. How does Hattie help Mr. Ebgard?

9. What does Charlie write to Hattie in a somber letter?

10. What do they have to do with the new baby since she is premature?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

"Hattie Big Sky" belongs to the teen historical fiction genre. Discuss the following:

1. Define the literary term "genre" and give several examples of three other genres in addition to the fictional memoir genre.

2. Discuss two reasons why it might be useful to label a text by genre and two reasons it might be disadvantageous to label a text by genre.

3. What do you think is the difference between a teen historical fiction and teen fiction?

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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