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 does Lew want to be when he gets older?

2. Nancy gives CPR to ___________.

3. How does Nancy feel all the time, according to her June diary entry?

4. How does Nancy address her diary entries?

5. What does Nancy compare the feeling in her chest to in a July diary entry?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. How does Nancy calm down during the concert?

8. Why does Nancy stop playing in the band?

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

10. Why does Lew tell Nancy they cannot see each other for three weeks?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Love and romance are key themes and ideas in It Happened to Nancy. What characters experience love and romance? Are love and romance always positive influences? How do love and romance cloud certain characters' judgments? 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

Nancy's friend Lew is a very religious person, as is Red's Uncle Bill and Nancy herself. There are several references throughout the book to religion, sin, and repenting. Write a response focusing on the theme of religion and sin as presented in the story. What characters are religious? How is sin and religion portrayed in the book? How do the characters deal with religion and sin? Use specific references to the text in the response.

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