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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. Who is the band director?
2. What is engraved on the piece of jewelry Nancy gives Lew?
3. Who is Mike?
4. For what instrument does Nancy take lessons in May?
5. What does Nancy spit up at the beginning of August?
Short Essay Questions
1. What happens the night Collin comes to make dinner at Nancy's house?
2. How does Nancy calm down during the concert?
3. What do Collin and Nancy do the Monday she skips school in April?
4. Why is Nancy frustrated with the gaggle at the beginning of July?
5. What does Collin tell Nancy about himself at their first meeting?
6. Why does Lew tell Nancy they cannot see each other for three weeks?
7. Why does Nancy stop playing in the band?
8. Why does Missy come over to Nancy's nearly every day?
9. How does the barbecue at Lew's house give Nancy an idea of how she wants her and Lew's future to be?
10. What does Nancy do at the beginning of May with Dorie?
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
An underlying theme throughout the story is the idea of death and finality. When Nancy is diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, she is aware she will die of the disease. As she struggles with the idea that she will die young, other characters in the story must also cope with the finality of death. Write a response focusing on the idea of death and finality as presented in the story. How do the characters cope with this idea? Use specific references to the text in the response.
Essay Topic 3
Lew, Nancy's boyfriend, serves an important role in the story. Write a response exploring Lew's importance to Nancy and the story overall. How does Nancy change because of Lew? What does Lew provide for Nancy? What might be different if Nancy did not know Lew? Use specific references to the text in the response.
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