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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 a letter from Charlie reveal?
2. What is the situation like when Hattie goes over to the Mueller house?
3. What does Hattie see with Leafie?
4. What does Mr. Hanson offer Hattie and Leafie?
5. How does Hattie help the person being harassed?
Short Essay Questions
1. What has Perilee asked of Karl concerning the harassment of them because Karl is German?
2. Who comes to help Hattie with the threshing and how does Chase contribute?
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. How does Hattie have to go into more debt because of the savings stamp drive?
5. How does Hattie learn about birthing babies the hard way?
6. What happens when Hattie goes to visit Perilee?
7. What epidemic strikes the area where Hattie lives and what does Leafie do?
8. What troubling news does Rooster Jim bring to Hattie, and what is the outcome?
9. What are Hattie and Perilee working on as Perilee waits to deliver her baby, and what does Perilee promise?
10. What happens after Hattie and the others who are threshing see big, black clouds rolling in?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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
Understanding the setting, both the place and time, helps the reader to enjoy a novel. Discuss the following:
1. Research Montana of the early 20th century, and then write an informative essay about the social and geographical aspects.
2. Research the treatment of German nationals and immigrants in the United States during WWI, and then write an informative essay about what you learn. Compare the information to what you read in "Hattie Big Sky".
3. Compare/contrast the life of someone in the early 20th century with that of a young person today.
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