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 kind of flower does Collin give Nancy at her school?

2. Who has a ranch in Idaho?

3. What was Nancy's first kitten's name?

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

5. What disease does Lew's mom have?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why does Nancy stop playing in the band?

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

5. What is Nancy excited to do according to the first April diary entry?

6. How does Lew respond when Dorie suggests they make him a member of the gaggle?

7. What feelings do Lew and Nancy share about their parents' divorces?

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

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

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

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

There are several characters present in the story that play a major role, in addition to Nancy as the main character. Choose three main or major characters and write a response focusing on their development throughout the story. How does each character change from the beginning of the story until the end? What role does each character play in the book's central conflict? 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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