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 running errands for Karl?

2. Why does Hattie go through Chester's trunk again?

3. What does Hattie think about in relation to Elmer's situation?

4. What does Hattie insist is hers to do when she is talking with Trask?

5. Why does Hattie send Karl and Chase to her house?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Traft explain the fact that he has not yet been drafted into the military?

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

3. How does Hattie have to go into more debt because of the savings stamp drive?

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

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

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

7. How does Hattie learn about birthing babies the hard way?

8. What does Hattie's next installment describe?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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