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 does Nancy feel about death in September?

2. How does Nancy describe Lew?

3. Where does Nancy play with the band?

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

5. How does Collin sign the note he leaves Nancy at her school?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is Nancy doing to try and feel better at the beginning of August?

3. Why does Nancy stop playing in the band?

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

5. Why does Missy come over to Nancy's nearly every day?

6. Why does Nancy feel guilty at the end of May?

7. What happens the night Collin comes to make dinner at Nancy's house?

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

9. What does Nancy do at the beginning of May with Dorie?

10. Why is Nancy frustrated with the gaggle at the beginning of July?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

Early on in the story, Nancy is raped by Collin. This event is a catalyst for the rest of the book's events and actions. Write a response exploring how rape is presented in the book, how it affects the characters both directly and indirectly involved, and how it impacts later events in the story. Use specific references to the text in the response.

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