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. What parade does Nancy march in?

3. Who is Mike?

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

5. Where does Nancy's dad live?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Nancy worry about her blood in the middle of September's diary entries?

2. How does Nancy calm down during the concert?

3. What happens during the concert?

4. Why does Nancy stop playing in the band?

5. What is Nancy doing to try and feel better at the beginning of August?

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

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

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

9. Why do Nancy and the gaggle go to Uncle Bill's cabin at the beginning of June?

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

Essay Topics

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

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 3

The theme of denial is an important aspect in It Happened to Nancy. Write a response focusing on the theme of denial as presented in the story. What characters are in denial? Why are they in denial? How do the characters overcome their denial and deal with the situation at hand? Use specific references to the text in the response.

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