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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 are shocks?
2. Where does Leafie invite Hattie?
3. What does Hattie have Chase doing?
4. What does Rooster Jim come to tell Hattie?
5. What sound breaks into Hattie's thoughts as she is walking home?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Traft have to say as he stops by and waters his horse?
2. What begins on September 12th, and who will it encompass?
3. What do Rooster Jim and Hattie say about how the war is costing them?
4. What happens when Hattie voices her concern about a pledge of one hundred dollars?
5. What happens after Hattie and the others who are threshing see big, black clouds rolling in?
6. What does Charlie write to Hattie in a somber letter?
7. What new debt does Hattie learn of when she visits Nefzger's store?
8. How does Hattie learn about birthing babies the hard way?
9. What do they have to do with the new baby since she is premature?
10. What has Hattie been doing at night to fight the heat?
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
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.
Essay Topic 3
In most fiction, readers would like all the loose ends to be neatly "tied up." Discuss the following:
1. Do you think "Hattie Big Sky" is successful as a teen historical fiction? Why or why not.
2. What about this book would motivate you to read another of Kirby Larson's western novels? What would discourage you from doing so?
3. Were all the "loose ends" satisfactorily settled for you? Why or why not?
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