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. Who is Traft and others harassing?

2. Who does Leafie and Hattie call upon one day?

3. What has to be done for Charlotte?

4. Who does not attend the Independence Day picnic?

5. Where is Elmer Ren?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does Karl come to Hattie's late one night, and what does Hattie do?

3. What happens to Hattie that Traft helps her?

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

5. How does Hattie help Mr. Ebgard?

6. What has Perilee asked of Karl concerning the harassment of them because Karl is German?

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

8. How does Elmer Junior intervene for his father and what is the result?

9. What begins on September 12th, and who will it encompass?

10. What new debt does Hattie learn of when she visits Nefzger's store?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Often, authors will write about "what they know," and sometimes knowing a little about the author makes the books more interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Research and give a brief biographical sketch of Kirby Larson.

2. What in Kirby Larson's background may have helped her in writing "Hattie Big Sky"? What may have influenced the way she depicts various characters and scenes?

3. Do you think there is always some of the author's own life in his/her novels? Why or why not? Give examples.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss "Hattie Big Sky" based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1, and judge if "Hattie Big Sky" is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for adults versus young adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider "Hattie Big Sky" a successful novel? What about teens?

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