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 kind of tea does Leafie mix to fight the flu?

2. What does Traft say about why he is not serving in the military?

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

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

5. What store does Hattie stop at in town?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Karl come to Hattie's late one night, and what does Hattie do?

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

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

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

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

6. What happens when Hattie voices her concern about a pledge of one hundred dollars?

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

8. How does Rooster Jim end up on top of a hay bale?

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

10. What happens to Hattie that Traft helps her?

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

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 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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