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. At the very beginning of the first set of August entries, how long does Nancy have to wait to see Lew?

2. What does Nancy compare the size of the cabin to?

3. Where is Nancy working in the first set of July diary entries?

4. Nancy blames being tired on _________in a July diary entry.

5. Whom can Lew never know about, according to a July diary entry?

Short Essay Questions

1. What feelings do Lew and Nancy share about their parents' divorces?

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

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

4. What does Nancy do at the beginning of May with Dorie?

5. How does the barbecue at Lew's house give Nancy an idea of how she wants her and Lew's future to be?

6. Why does Nancy stop playing in the band?

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

8. What happens when Nancy goes to the water slides in July?

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

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

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

Since the story is a true story from Nancy's diary, the diary is a central element to the book. Write a response exploring the importance of Nancy's diary to the story. What does the reader learn through her diary? How does her diary help Nancy deal with the conflicts in the story? Use specific references to the text in the response.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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