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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 request of Perilee's does Karl refuse?
2. What game is played on Independence Day?
3. What gives Hattie warning that someone is approaching?
4. What does Traft say the person he is harassing must do to demonstrate loyalty to the United States?
5. What does Rooster Jim use as a trellis for his string beans?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happens when Hattie goes to visit Perilee?
2. What do they have to do with the new baby since she is premature?
3. What new debt does Hattie learn of when she visits Nefzger's store?
4. How does Traft explain the fact that he has not yet been drafted into the military?
5. What are Hattie and Perilee working on as Perilee waits to deliver her baby, and what does Perilee promise?
6. Why does Karl come to Hattie's late one night, and what does Hattie do?
7. What happens to Elmer Ren while Hattie and Leafie are visiting?
8. What epidemic strikes the area where Hattie lives and what does Leafie do?
9. What has Perilee asked of Karl concerning the harassment of them because Karl is German?
10. Who comes to help Hattie with the threshing and how does Chase contribute?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and sometimes it is the other way around. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:
1. What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven? Action driven?
2. How do you think a plot differs if it is character driven versus action driven?
3. Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why?
4. Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character development share equal time? Why or why not.
5. What type of plot do you think "Hattie Big Sky" is? Explain your response.
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