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 does Hattie see with Leafie?

2. What does Rooster Jim come to tell Hattie?

3. What causes Hattie to become angry again at Traft?

4. Where is Elmer Ren?

5. What is Hattie told is the minimal allowable pledge?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens when Hattie goes to visit Perilee?

3. What does Hattie's next installment describe?

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

5. How does Hattie help Mr. Ebgard?

6. What happens after Hattie and the others who are threshing see big, black clouds rolling in?

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

8. What epidemic strikes the area where Hattie lives and what does Leafie do?

9. What do Rooster Jim and Hattie say about how the war is costing them?

10. How does Elmer Junior intervene for his father and what is the result?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.)

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 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?

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