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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. In Chapter 1, what does Little Tree's description of the woods around his new home reveal about his attitude to the surroundings?
(a) He finds the surroundings strange.
(b) The sights and sounds terrify him.
(c) He is longing for his old surroundings.
(d) He hates the sound of the wind but he likes the whispering wind.
2. 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 symbols on caves.
(b) They use the oral tradition in which stories are used to pass on information.
(c) There is no writing system so valuable information is lost.
(d) They use a special writing system.
3. How does Granpa help Little Tree relate the lessons about nature to the behavior of some people?
(a) Granpa says that people who take more than their share do better than others.
(b) Granpa says that people who take more than their share cause others to starve.
(c) Granpa teaches Little Tree that people who store and take more than their share contribute to wars, land-grabbing and changing nature's ways.
(d) Granpa says that people who take more than their share cause jealousy.
4. According to Granma, what happens to people who use the body-living mind for greedy purposes?
(a) They are the ones who acquire wealth and power.
(b) They suffer because other people hate their prosperity.
(c) The spirit-mind shrinks and in rebirth, the child is born with a small spirit-mind that could eventually disappear and be completely lost.
(d) They suffer because they have no spirit of generosity.
5. In Chapter 6, how does the author explain that Pa knows Indians are around?
(a) He sees smoke signals across the mountain.
(b) He hears the Indians whispering in the mountains.
(c) After leaving certain items in the forest, he comes back to find a long Indian knife, a tomahawk and only some of what he left.
(d) He sees the remains of fires and cooked meat.
6. Who does Granpa ask about the law that made him angry?
(a) The man at the settlement who pulls teeth.
(b) The owner of the supply store at the settlement.
(c) A man who gives them a car ride from the settlement.
(d) The librarian.
7. What is Little Tree's responsibility in producing the whiskey?
(a) He helps to carry the whiskey to the store.
(b) He helps to bottle the whiskey.
(c) He helps to pour the sugar in the whiskey.
(d) He helps to stir and clean the pot.
8. What helps to determine whether Granpa and Granma light the coal oil lamp in the evenings during winter?
(a) The time when they go to bed.
(b) The time when the sun sets.
(c) The weather.
(d) The cost of a nickel to fill the coal oil lamp.
9. When Little Tree demonstrates that he has learned the lessons about nature, what name does Granpa say he would give him if he didn't have a name already?
(a) Little Cherokee.
(b) Little Hawk.
(c) Little Bee.
(d) Little Bear.
10. Which of the following would be the best alternate title for Chapter 3?
(a) Family Circles.
(b) Winter Evenings at the Cabin.
(c) Little Tree's Education.
(d) Granpa Learns to Read.
11. What does the reader learn about Granpa from his reaction to the lady in the black car who is rude to him?
(a) He is able to maintain his dignity even when treated badly.
(b) He does not understand insults.
(c) He has a very bad temper.
(d) He is afraid of people who insult others.
12. Why does Granpa object to people who age whiskey?
(a) He believes they age whiskey to disguise the substances they add to it.
(b) He believes rich men scheme to convince people that aged whiskey is better.
(c) He believes they are trying to disguise bad whiskey by keeping it longer.
(d) He believes that they are trying to make extra money.
13. Why doesn't Granma scold Little Tree for getting wet in the woods?
(a) Because there were no rules laid down about getting wet in the woods.
(b) Because he's already being punished with a bad cold.
(c) Cherokee do not scold children for anything that has to do with the woods.
(d) Because Granpa begs for him to be forgiven.
14. What does the visitor in Chapter 7 do at dinner that tempts Little Tree to forget one of his lessons about taking things?
(a) He tells Little Tree he can have one of the corns, and Little Tree is tempted to take the biggest one.
(b) He brings only three small corns so Little Tree has to do without.
(c) He wears bright yellow high-top shoes that Little Tree secretly craves.
(d) He takes three slices of Granma's sweet potato pie, and Little Tree silently craves the last slice.
15. How old is Little Tree when the novel begins?
(a) Five years old.
(b) Seven years old.
(c) Six years old.
(d) Nine years old.
Short Answer Questions
1. At the beginning of the novel, how is Little Tree taken to his new home?
2. How does Granpa dispose of the whiskey he makes?
3. Why does Granpa pay so much attention to praising Little Tree and making him feel important?
4. What can the reader deduce about the author's intention in describing Cherokee beliefs and values in Chapter 8?
5. How does Granpa help Little Tree overcome feeling empty and sad after Ringer's death?
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