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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. What does Perilee instead Karl do?
2. What does Perilee promise that she is unable to keep?
3. What does Rooster Jim think Hattie needs?
4. What does Traft say about why he is not serving in the military?
5. Who drops his/her flag?
Short Essay Questions
1. What troubling news does Rooster Jim bring to Hattie, and what is the outcome?
2. What does Hattie's next installment describe?
3. Why does Karl come to Hattie's late one night, and what does Hattie do?
4. What happens to Hattie that Traft helps her?
5. How does Hattie help Mr. Ebgard?
6. What new debt does Hattie learn of when she visits Nefzger's store?
7. What begins on September 12th, and who will it encompass?
8. How does Elmer Junior intervene for his father and what is the result?
9. How does Hattie acquire chickens and what does she have to do to keep them safe?
10. Who comes to help Hattie with the threshing and how does Chase contribute?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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
"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?
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