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

2. What does Hattie give Perilee in thanks?

3. For what does Hattie give five dollars?

4. Who meets Hattie at the door to the dance?

5. Who arrives the next morning at Hattie's house?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe Hattie's initial plowing efforts.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"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 3

There are a number of interesting questions raised by teen historical fiction--questions that Larson may wish readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Larson's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Larson's probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Larson and see if/where her life may have influenced her writing.

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