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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 is Hattie's crop mostly cattle feed?
2. What does Mr. Nefzger give Hattie?
3. Why does Hattie send Karl and Chase to her house?
4. What happens when Elmer steps in a prairie dog hole?
5. What are shocks?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Hattie's next installment describe?
2. How does Hattie learn about birthing babies the hard way?
3. What does Traft have to say as he stops by and waters his horse?
4. How does Hattie acquire chickens and what does she have to do to keep them safe?
5. How does Hattie help Mr. Ebgard?
6. What troubling news does Rooster Jim bring to Hattie, and what is the outcome?
7. What has Hattie been doing at night to fight the heat?
8. Who comes to help Hattie with the threshing and how does Chase contribute?
9. What are Hattie and Perilee working on as Perilee waits to deliver her baby, and what does Perilee promise?
10. What does Charlie write to Hattie in a somber letter?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
There are a number of interesting questions raised by teen historical fiction--questions that Larson may wish readers to consider and think through carefully. Discuss the following:
1. What does the term "author agenda" mean?
2. Name one idea/concept you think may have been a part of the Larson's agenda. Analyze that idea throughout the book and discuss Larson's probable agenda concerning that idea.
2. Do you think writers who have an agenda for writing should point it out in a preface?
3. How often do you think fiction is written with a clear agenda in mind by the author?
4. Research the life of Larson and see if/where her life may have influenced her writing.
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
Characters are an important part of what makes "Hattie Big Sky" interesting. Discuss the following:
1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Hattie. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.
2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Perilee. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.
3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Traft Martin. What are his strengths? His weaknesses? How does he contribute to the plot? Is he a sympathetic character? Is he ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.
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