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 Hattie have Chase doing?

2. Why does Karl come over to Hattie's home late one night?

3. What day has been declared National War Savings Day?

4. Why does Elmer Junior chase Deputy Patton?

5. Why does Rooster Jim land in a hay bale?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Traft say about the fire in Hattie's barn when he comes by to see her after the July 4th picnic?

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

3. What happens when Hattie voices her concern about a pledge of one hundred dollars?

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

5. What has Hattie been doing at night to fight the heat?

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

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

8. What happens to Hattie that Traft helps her?

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

10. How does Hattie help Mr. Ebgard?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In most fiction, readers would like all the loose ends to be neatly "tied up." Discuss the following:

1. Do you think "Hattie Big Sky" is successful as a teen historical fiction? Why or why not.

2. What about this book would motivate you to read another of Kirby Larson's western novels? What would discourage you from doing so?

3. Were all the "loose ends" satisfactorily settled for you? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following:

1. Trace and analyze the theme of growth in "Hattie Big Sky". Consider the following questions as you write: What characters are most concerned with growth? Why? What are some symbols of growth? Symbols of rigidity? What characters seem rigid?

2. Trace and analyze the theme of courage in "Hattie Big Sky". Which characters struggle with this issue? Why? Which characters seem to possess courage? Why?

3. Trace and analyze the theme of death in "Hattie Big Sky". Consider not only the physical deaths but the death of innocence or the death of ignorance.

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