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 is Richey going to pick up for Karl?

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

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

4. Why does Elmer Junior chase Deputy Patton?

5. What does Rooster Jim use as a trellis for his string beans?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Hattie think about after witnessing events at the Ren homestead?

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

3. How does Hattie acquire chickens and what does she have to do to keep them safe?

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

5. What troubling news does Rooster Jim bring to Hattie, and what is the outcome?

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

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

8. What happens when Hattie goes to visit Perilee?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

1. What is foreshadowing? How many incidences of foreshadowing are in "Hattie Big Sky"? How does foreshadowing contribute to a book's suspense?

2. Discuss an example of foreshadowing in "Hattie Big Sky" including why you believe it is foreshadowing. Include examples from the book and your own life to illustrate your answer.

3. How do you think most people react to uncertainty in their lives? Use examples from "Hattie Big Sky" and your own live to support your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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