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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 Rooster Jim have when he comes towards Hattie?
2. What does Traft ask Hattie?
3. What are Hattie and Perilee working on together?
4. Of what are the papers full?
5. What does Traft ask Hattie concerning Charlie?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happens when Hattie voices her concern about a pledge of one hundred dollars?
2. What happens after Hattie and the others who are threshing see big, black clouds rolling in?
3. How does Hattie acquire chickens and what does she have to do to keep them safe?
4. How does Hattie learn about birthing babies the hard way?
5. What does Charlie write to Hattie in a somber letter?
6. What are Hattie and Perilee working on as Perilee waits to deliver her baby, and what does Perilee promise?
7. What troubling news does Rooster Jim bring to Hattie, and what is the outcome?
8. Who comes to help Hattie with the threshing and how does Chase contribute?
9. What happens when Hattie goes to visit Perilee?
10. What does Hattie think about after witnessing events at the Ren homestead?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
"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 2
Discuss the following:
1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?
2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "Hattie Big Sky", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement.) Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?
3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in "Hattie Big Sky". (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot.) Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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