Caddie Woodlawn Short Essay - Answer Key

Carol Ryrie Brink
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Short Essay Questions Key

1. What do Caddie and her brothers do at the beginning of the book?

One Saturday, Caddie, Tom, and Warren decide to cross the river and visit their Indian friends, even though the three children do not know how to swim.

2. What is so surprising to the Indians about the Woodlawn children?

The Indians are fascinated by these red-headed children, and they often come to visit the Woodlawns when the family first moves to the prairie.

3. How does Caddie's mother feel about the Indians?

Harriet Woodlawn, Caddie's mother, is frightened of these visitors, but she feeds them anything she can find.

4. What happens when Caddie is late to dinner at the beginning of the book?

When Caddie finally runs toward the house late for dinner after picking hazelnuts, she bursts into the room with a skirt full of hazelnuts. She is so shocked to see that the family has company for dinner that she drops the nuts all over the floor.

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