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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 Hattie and Perilee working on together?
2. Who is the "doctor" in the area?
3. Where is Elmer Ren?
4. Who is Traft and others harassing?
5. Who visits Hattie the morning after she learns of the flu epidemic?
Short Essay Questions
1. What has Hattie been doing at night to fight the heat?
2. What does Traft have to say as he stops by and waters his horse?
3. What do they have to do with the new baby since she is premature?
4. What do Rooster Jim and Hattie say about how the war is costing them?
5. How does Hattie have to go into more debt because of the savings stamp drive?
6. How does Traft explain the fact that he has not yet been drafted into the military?
7. How does Elmer Junior intervene for his father and what is the result?
8. How does Rooster Jim end up on top of a hay bale?
9. What happens after Hattie and the others who are threshing see big, black clouds rolling in?
10. How does Hattie acquire chickens and what does she have to do to keep them safe?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
Discuss one of the following:
1. Define irony in literary terms. Discuss the irony of the situation of how Hattie prays for divine intervention after the hailstorm destroys her crops but most would consider a hail storm an "act of God." What other situations contain irony in "Hattie Big Sky"?
2. Define symbolism in literary terms. Discuss the use and meaning of five symbols you choose to analyze from the story. What do they symbolize? Is the symbolism obvious? Effective? Does the symbolism contribute to the enjoyment of reading?
3. Discuss five literary devices that occur in "Hattie Big Sky" and how they are used. Are they effective? Do they add or detract from the reading of the book? Why or why not. Some possible techniques: Allusion, connotation, denouement, dialogue, flashback, figurative language, motif, metaphor, narrator, point of view, simile, mood, and puns.
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