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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 does the fifteen starts in Charlie's last letter indicate?
2. What does Traft ask Hattie concerning Charlie?
3. What does Hattie see with Leafie?
4. Who does Hattie encounter after talking to Mr. Nefzger?
5. Who does not attend the Independence Day picnic?
Short Essay Questions
1. What troubling news does Rooster Jim bring to Hattie, and what is the outcome?
2. What do Rooster Jim and Hattie say about how the war is costing them?
3. What happens after Hattie and the others who are threshing see big, black clouds rolling in?
4. What does Hattie's next installment describe?
5. What does Hattie think about after witnessing events at the Ren homestead?
6. How does Rooster Jim end up on top of a hay bale?
7. What do they have to do with the new baby since she is premature?
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. How does Hattie help Mr. Ebgard?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Choose one of the following to discuss:
1. Choose two significant symbols and trace and analyze their appearance in "Hattie Big Sky". Are these universal symbols? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other symbols that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Larson chooses the symbols she does?
2. Choose two important metaphors and trace and analyze their appearance in "Hattie Big Sky". Are these universal metaphors? Would they be understood in any culture? Are there other metaphors that would portray the same idea? What are they? Why do you think Larson chooses the metaphors she does?
3. Discuss Larson's use (or lack ) of literary device (such as foreshadowing, cliffhangers, deux ex machina, etc.), and how they add or detract from the story. Does Larson use too many or too little literary techniques? State which of the five major elements of fiction the literary device is related to (style, character, plot, setting, theme.)
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
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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