Hattie Big Sky Test | Final 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. Why do Hattie and Jim discover while playing chess?

2. What are Hattie and Perilee working on together?

3. How does Mr. Ebgard get around the age requirements for a claim?

4. What does Traft ask Hattie concerning Charlie?

5. What does a letter from Charlie reveal?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who comes to help Hattie with the threshing and how does Chase contribute?

2. How does Hattie learn about birthing babies the hard way?

3. What begins on September 12th, and who will it encompass?

4. What happens when Hattie voices her concern about a pledge of one hundred dollars?

5. What does Traft have to say as he stops by and waters his horse?

6. How does Traft explain the fact that he has not yet been drafted into the military?

7. What happens after Hattie and the others who are threshing see big, black clouds rolling in?

8. What epidemic strikes the area where Hattie lives and what does Leafie do?

9. How does Hattie acquire chickens and what does she have to do to keep them safe?

10. How does Hattie help Mr. Ebgard?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Over the course of "Hattie Big Sky", Hattie grows as a person in both complexity and understanding. "Hattie Big Sky" might be considered a slice of Hattie's larger story of her "coming of age." It might be said that "Hattie Big Sky" is a "bildungsroman" of the narrator. Discuss the following:

1. Define Bildungsroman, or "Coming of Age," and give several examples from literature you have read.

2. Trace and analyze Hattie as she changes from a naive, innocent girl to a wiser, young woman. What are the significant events that change her?

3. After thoroughly analyzing the narrator's growth throughout the novel, do you think "Hattie Big Sky" could be considered Hattie's coming of age story? Why or why not?

4. Are there any other characters in "Hattie Big Sky" who go through a coming of age experience? Who? Why do you think so? (Perhaps Charlie?)

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "Hattie Big Sky".

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of the story. How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of the novel. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

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