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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. Why does Rooster Jim land in a hay bale?
2. What causes Hattie to become angry again at Traft?
3. What does Hattie manage to do despite her fears?
4. What does Rooster Jim think Hattie needs?
5. What does Hattie get to do during the game the picnic participants play?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Traft have to say as he stops by and waters his horse?
2. What does Hattie's next installment describe?
3. What happens to Hattie that Traft helps her?
4. What happens after Hattie and the others who are threshing see big, black clouds rolling in?
5. What are Hattie and Perilee working on as Perilee waits to deliver her baby, and what does Perilee promise?
6. What troubling news does Rooster Jim bring to Hattie, and what is the outcome?
7. Why does Traft say about the fire in Hattie's barn when he comes by to see her after the July 4th picnic?
8. What epidemic strikes the area where Hattie lives and what does Leafie do?
9. Why does Karl come to Hattie's late one night, and what does Hattie do?
10. What has Perilee asked of Karl concerning the harassment of them because Karl is German?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:
1. Fully explain why you think "Hattie Big Sky" is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?
2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.
3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.
4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?
Essay Topic 2
Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:
1. Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not?
2. Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as "Hattie Big Sky" help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading "Hattie Big Sky"? Why or why not.
3. Choose one specific incident in "Hattie Big Sky" to discuss and compare one of the characters' response to how you think you would respond.
Essay Topic 3
Discuss one of the following:
1. Define irony in literary terms. Discuss the irony of the situation of how Hattie prays for divine intervention after the hailstorm destroys her crops but most would consider a hail storm an "act of God." What other situations contain irony in "Hattie Big Sky"?
2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use and meaning of five symbols you choose to analyze from the story. What do they symbolize? Is the symbolism obvious? Effective? Does the symbolism contribute to the enjoyment of reading?
3. Discuss five literary devices that occur in "Hattie Big Sky" and how they are used. Are they effective? Do they add or detract from the reading of the book? Why or why not. Some possible techniques: Allusion, connotation, denouement, dialogue, flashback, figurative language, motif, metaphor, narrator, point of view, simile, mood, and puns.
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