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 did Collin say his junior high was called?

2. Who has a ranch in Idaho?

3. What book does Nancy want to get from the library?

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

5. For what instrument does Nancy take lessons in May?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. When does Lew kiss Nancy for the first time?

7. What happens during the concert?

8. What does Nancy do on her 15th birthday?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Another "character" in the story is Nancy's Self, which she addresses through her diary. While not a physical being, the Self plays an important role in the story. Write a response exploring the role of Nancy's Self in the story. How does Nancy treat her Self? What does the Self do for Nancy? Use specific references to the text in the response.

Essay Topic 3

Nancy must face a lot of guilt connected to her rape and subsequent HIV/AIDS diagnosis. She vents some of these feelings of guilt in her diary entries. Write a response focusing on the theme of guilt in the story as it relates to Nancy's feelings. Why does she feel guilty? How does she overcome the guilt? Use specific references to the text in the response.

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