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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does Granpa make his living?
(a) Making and selling whiskey.
(b) Selling fish at the settlement store.
(c) Selling crops at the settlement store.
(d) Selling meat at the settlement store.

2. What happens in Chapter 8 to suggest that Little Tree has a natural tendency towards some Cherokee ways?
(a) He finds himself a special "secret" place and Granma tells him all Cherokees have secret places.
(b) He is naturally attracted to the medicinal herbs that Granma collects.
(c) He is naturally attracted to the spiders weaving their webs.
(d) He is naturally attracted to the songs of the frogs.

3. What is Little Tree learning from the way in which Granma and Granpa deal with any extra money that they get from the whiskey?
(a) The importance of saving extra money.
(b) The importance of giving extra money to those who are worse off.
(c) To make a list of things to buy with extra money.
(d) To take the money to the bank.

4. Which books are Granma's favorites to read?
(a) Books with poems and songs about children.
(b) Bible stories.
(c) Books about the Cherokees.
(d) Shakespeare's plays.

5. Which of the following best describes the theme of the opening chapter?
(a) Growing up.
(b) Loss and and a new beginning.
(c) Family relationships.
(d) Racism.

6. In Chapter 2, who has just died when Little Tree's relatives argue about where he should live?
(a) Red Wing.
(b) Pa.
(c) Willow John.
(d) Little Tree's mother.

7. Why does Little Tree set the coal oil can down when the lady in the black car speaks to them?
(a) Because Granpa teaches him that when spoken to, he should give full attention out of respect.
(b) To avoid the smell.
(c) Because it is beginning to spill oil.
(d) Because it is getting heavy.

8. Why does Granma describe some people in the world as "dead"?
(a) They are only interested in oppressing others.
(b) They are only interested in material things.
(c) They are cruel to women and abuse nature.
(d) They have no spirit-mind so they only see dirty if they look at a woman and they fail to see beauty in nature.

9. What do Little Tree's grandparents reveal about the Cherokee style of passing on information and lessons from one generation to the other?
(a) They use the oral tradition in which stories are used to pass on information.
(b) They use a special writing system.
(c) There is no writing system so valuable information is lost.
(d) They use symbols on caves.

10. At the end of Chapter 1, what kind of house is Little Tree taken to by his grandparents?
(a) A bungalow.
(b) A cabin.
(c) A cottage.
(d) A tepee.

11. How old is Little Tree when the novel begins?
(a) Nine years old.
(b) Seven years old.
(c) Five years old.
(d) Six years old.

12. Why does the author show that important lessons for Little Tree come from Granma and not Granpa?
(a) To show that both his grandparents play equally important roles in shaping his development.
(b) To show that there is a bond between Granma and Little Tree that does not exist between Little Tree and Granpa.
(c) To show that Granma is more knowledgeable about important things.
(d) To show that Granpa has no spiritual side so Granma has to do it.

13. What would be the most appropriate alternate title for Chapter 4?
(a) Little Tree Takes A Fox.
(b) Mountain Hunting.
(c) Granpa's Way of Hunting.
(d) The Fox outwits the Hounds.

14. How is Granpa's approach to making whiskey different from that of the "city criminals" who just want to make money?
(a) Granpa puts nothing in his whiskey to increase volume while others add various substances to increase the volume.
(b) Granpa only uses sugar to increase the volume.
(c) Granpa only uses lye to increase the volume.
(d) Granpa only uses water to increase the volume.

15. According to Granpa's story, why did his father's friend enter the church with a pistol?
(a) He believes the preacher's sermon is against him.
(b) Because having fought battles all his life and lost everything, he has nothing more to fight about.
(c) He has lost his home and family.
(d) The people in the church have been saying bad things about him.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Granpa object to people who age whiskey?

2. What does Little Tree learn about Granpa when he hears him say "I kin ye Bonnie Bee"?

3. Who is Smokehouse and what role does he play in Chapter 7?

4. What is Little Tree especially proud of in Chapter 9?

5. Which character comes to visit the family in Chapter 7?

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