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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 Hattie go through Chester's trunk again?
2. What happens before Karl returns?
3. What does Traft ask Hattie?
4. Who comes to help Hattie thresh?
5. What store does Hattie stop at in town?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Hattie learn about birthing babies the hard way?
2. What has Hattie been doing at night to fight the heat?
3. Why does Traft say about the fire in Hattie's barn when he comes by to see her after the July 4th picnic?
4. What does Hattie think about after witnessing events at the Ren homestead?
5. What do they have to do with the new baby since she is premature?
6. How does Elmer Junior intervene for his father and what is the result?
7. How does Hattie help Mr. Ebgard?
8. What do Rooster Jim and Hattie say about how the war is costing them?
9. What has Perilee asked of Karl concerning the harassment of them because Karl is German?
10. What epidemic strikes the area where Hattie lives and what does Leafie do?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The Spanish Influenza of 1918, makes it way through much of the world and greatly impacts the lives of those who live during that time. Discuss the following:
1. Research the Spanish Influenza epidemic of 1918, and write an informative essay on what you learn. Include answers to the following questions: 1. How much of the world is impacted by this particular epidemic? 2. What is the death toll? 3. How did this epidemic affect the outcome and/or progress of World War I? 4. What were the symptoms and treatments of the disease?
2. Discuss how the flu epidemic impacts the lives of those in the area where Hattie lives.
3. Research and learn about your own family's past and find out (if possible) is your ancestors were impacted by the disease and write about what you learn.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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?)
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