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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. With what is Hattie threatened when she voices her concern about a pledge?
2. Where was Charlie's friend standing when the man was killed?
3. Who does not attend the Independence Day picnic?
4. What does the fifteen starts in Charlie's last letter indicate?
5. Who visits Hattie the morning after she learns of the flu epidemic?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who comes to help Hattie with the threshing and how does Chase contribute?
2. How does Hattie acquire chickens and what does she have to do to keep them safe?
3. What does Hattie think about after witnessing events at the Ren homestead?
4. What troubling news does Rooster Jim bring to Hattie, and what is the outcome?
5. What new debt does Hattie learn of when she visits Nefzger's store?
6. What do Rooster Jim and Hattie say about how the war is costing them?
7. What happens when Hattie voices her concern about a pledge of one hundred dollars?
8. How does Hattie learn about birthing babies the hard way?
9. What does Charlie write to Hattie in a somber letter?
10. What are Hattie and Perilee working on as Perilee waits to deliver her baby, and what does Perilee promise?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In most fiction, readers would like all the loose ends to be neatly "tied up." Discuss the following:
1. Do you think "Hattie Big Sky" is successful as a teen historical fiction? Why or why not.
2. What about this book would motivate you to read another of Kirby Larson's western novels? What would discourage you from doing so?
3. Were all the "loose ends" satisfactorily settled for you? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:
1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?
2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as "Hattie Big Sky" help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading "Hattie Big Sky"? Why or why not.
3. Choose one specific incident in "Hattie Big Sky" to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.
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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