Hattie Big Sky Test | Final Test - Hard

Kirby Larson
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Hattie spend a great deal of time with Perilee these days?

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

3. Who dies in Hattie's arms?

4. What does Traft say the person he is harassing must do to demonstrate loyalty to the United States?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.)

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