It Happened to Nancy: By an Anonymous Teenager, a True Story from Her Diary Test | Final 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. How does Nancy describe her dad's relationship to his business?

2. What does BD stand for in Nancy's diary?

3. Who is Ms. Marsden?

4. What changes that helps Nancy know she is feeling better at the hospital in February?

5. Where does Nancy's mom take her and Dorie at the beginning of March?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Nancy happy about the results of the state math report?

2. What does Nancy think the difference between having sex with Collin and having sex with Lew will be?

3. Why do Nancy and her dad go to Mass at the beginning of September?

4. Why is Nancy "living in Heaven" at the beginning of February?

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

6. What did Nancy and her dad do on New Year's Day?

7. How do boys at school tease Nancy in April?

8. In the middle of February, how does Nancy know she is feeling better?

9. What is Doodle Day at Nancy's school?

10. Why is Nancy's HIV progressing faster than most cases?

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

Early on in the story, Nancy is raped by Collin. This event is a catalyst for the rest of the book's events and actions. Write a response exploring how rape is presented in the book, how it affects the characters both directly and indirectly involved, and how it impacts later events in 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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