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 Hattie told is the minimal allowable pledge?

2. Of what are the papers full?

3. Why does Hattie send Karl and Chase to her house?

4. What is the situation like when Hattie goes over to the Mueller house?

5. What does Rooster Jim have when he comes towards Hattie?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are Hattie and Perilee working on as Perilee waits to deliver her baby, and what does Perilee promise?

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

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

5. What begins on September 12th, and who will it encompass?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

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

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 3

Discuss the following:

1. What is a plot? What are the most important elements of a plot and their definition? Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not?

2. Write a brief synopsis of the plot of "Hattie Big Sky", identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement.) Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot?

3. Identify the major sub-plots and their elements in "Hattie Big Sky". (The subplots may not contain every element of a major plot.) Do the sub-plots add to the main plot? Why or why not. Are the sub-plots interesting in and of themselves? Why or why not?

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