It Happened to Nancy: By an Anonymous Teenager, a True Story from Her Diary Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Beatrice Sparks
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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. How long does Lew say he and Nancy have to wait to see each other?

2. Who has a ranch in Idaho?

3. Where is Nancy working in the first set of July diary entries?

4. What kind of baskets do Nancy and her mom learn to make at the beach?

5. What did Collin say his junior high was called?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do Nancy and the gaggle go to Uncle Bill's cabin at the beginning of June?

2. What does the doctor tell Nancy when she visits the hospital in August?

3. Why do Nancy and Lew exchange the locket and ring?

4. Why does Nancy have trouble sleeping at the beginning of September?

5. What does Nancy worry about her blood in the middle of September's diary entries?

6. How does Nancy calm down during the concert?

7. When Nancy first goes to the doctor in July, what does he tell her to do to stop feeling tired all the time?

8. Why does Nancy want to make Lew proud of her?

9. What do Nancy and her mom do at the beach?

10. Why does Nancy decide she wants to go into the medical field?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It Happened to Nancy is presented as a non-fiction book told from Nancy's diary and edited by Beatrice Sparks with only identifying details changed. Write a response exploring whether or not the book is truly a work of non-fiction. What elements of the story suggest it is true? Is there anything present in the book that might not be true? Use specific references to the text in the response.

Essay Topic 2

Much of what occurs in It Happened to Nancy centers around the consequences of having sex. Write a response focusing on the theme of sex as portrayed in the story. Is sex positive or negative? What consequences are there? How do the characters deal with the consequences dealt to them? Use specific references to the text in the response.

Essay Topic 3

While some identifying details are removed from the book to protect Nancy and her family, the time that the book takes place is important. As Nancy is diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, the knowledge of the disease and treatment options available are more limited than they would be if the story had taken place currently. Write a response explaining how the time period in which the book takes place influences the events of the story. What would be different had the book taken place in current times? Use specific references to the text in the response.

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