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. What character does Nancy compare Lew to at the cabin in June?

2. What concert was Nancy not allowed to go to?

3. What is Nancy's favorite special word?

4. Where do both of Lew's parents work?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Nancy react when she sees Collin walking with Margie Muller?

2. How does the barbecue at Lew's house give Nancy an idea of how she wants her and Lew's future to be?

3. What happens during the concert?

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

5. What happened when Lew and Nancy got close to having sex?

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

7. What does Nancy admire about her mom's Aunt Thelma?

8. Why does Officer Williams have Nancy relax in a state similar to hypnosis when he comes to the house in September?

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

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

The central conflict of the story is Nancy's diagnosis of HIV/AIDS. The story focuses on her contracting the disease and battling it until she dies. Write a response exploring the role of HIV/AIDS in the story. How is the disease presented? How does the disease's presence in the story shape the events of the book? Use specific references to the text in the response.

Essay Topic 3

The concept and idea of promises is another important element to the story. Write a response focusing on the promises present in the story and their role in the story's development. What promises are made? Which promises are kept and which are broken? What does the keeping of or breaking of the promises do to the characters in the story? Use specific references to the text in the response.

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