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 Nancy spit up at the beginning of August?

2. Whom does Nancy play "Who's Going Where" with at her birthday party?

3. What kind of attack does Nancy have at the concert?

4. What role does Lew have in the student body at school?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Collin tell Nancy about himself at their first meeting?

4. What is the problem Nancy runs into with her medicine in March?

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

6. Why are holidays sadder than regular days for Nancy?

7. Why does Nancy pretend the gaggle is not real while she is in Phoenix?

8. What does Mrs. Maggleby, the school nurse, do at the beginning of April?

9. Why does Nancy like that Aunt Thelma thanks God for everything?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The "gaggle," Nancys' group of girlfriends, which later brings Lew into the mix as its lone "gander," is an important part of Nancy's life. Write a response focusing on the importance of the gaggle to the story and to Nancy. What role does the gaggle play in the book? Why are they important both to the story and to Nancy personally? Use specific references to the text in the response.

Essay Topic 2

There are many symbols throughout the story - from the Idaho ranch to the jewelry she and Lew exchange and her diary. Write a response highlighting at least three symbols present in the book. Discuss what the symbols represent and how they are important to the story. 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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