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. What does the fifteen starts in Charlie's last letter indicate?

2. What did Hattie used to think men should do?

3. Who is Charlotte?

4. What does Hattie see with Leafie?

5. What does Perilee promise that she is unable to keep?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Hattie think about after witnessing events at the Ren homestead?

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

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

4. What do Rooster Jim and Hattie say about how the war is costing them?

5. What troubling news does Rooster Jim bring to Hattie, and what is the outcome?

6. What are Hattie and Perilee working on as Perilee waits to deliver her baby, and what does Perilee promise?

7. What happens to Elmer Ren while Hattie and Leafie are visiting?

8. What does Charlie write to Hattie in a somber letter?

9. What does Hattie's next installment describe?

10. How does Rooster Jim end up on top of a hay bale?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

1. Define irony in literary terms. Discuss the irony of the situation of how Hattie prays for divine intervention after the hailstorm destroys her crops but most would consider a hail storm an "act of God." What other situations contain irony in "Hattie Big Sky"?

2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use and meaning of five symbols you choose to analyze from the story. What do they symbolize? Is the symbolism obvious? Effective? Does the symbolism contribute to the enjoyment of reading?

3. Discuss five literary devices that occur in "Hattie Big Sky" and how they are used. Are they effective? Do they add or detract from the reading of the book? Why or why not. Some possible techniques: Allusion, connotation, denouement, dialogue, flashback, figurative language, motif, metaphor, narrator, point of view, simile, mood, and puns.

Essay Topic 3

There are a number of interesting questions raised by teen historical fiction--questions that Larson may wish readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:

1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?

2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Larson's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Larson's probable agenda concerning that idea.

2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?

3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?

4. Research the life of Larson and see if/where her life may have influenced her writing.

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