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Multiple Choice Questions

1. When the soldiers drive the Cherokee from their land, how do the Cherokee show their pride?
(a) They sing brave songs on the journey.
(b) They plant their nation's flag where every Cherokee is buried.
(c) They look straight ahead as they march and refuse rides in the soldiers' wagons.
(d) They fight back and repel the soldiers.

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

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

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

5. How is the reader made aware that Pa eventually gets very close to the Indians?
(a) He eventually marries one of the young daughters.
(b) He advises them on how to remain safe from the soldiers.
(c) He moves them closer to where he lives.
(d) He moves into their camp.

6. What makes Little Tree go to bed feeling happier in spite of his loss in Chapter 1?
(a) A good supper.
(b) Granma sings him a song that makes him understand his new name.
(c) Granma and Granpa promise to take care of him.
(d) He holds a gift from his mother as he goes to sleep.

7. Why does Granpa pay so much attention to praising Little Tree and making him feel important?
(a) To prevent him from missing his parents too much.
(b) To make him grow up proud.
(c) To build up his self-esteem and sense of worth in a world that does not show the Cherokee much respect.
(d) To ensure that he will show respect to others.

8. 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) The people in the church have been saying bad things about him.
(c) He has lost his home and family.
(d) Because having fought battles all his life and lost everything, he has nothing more to fight about.

9. In Chapter 2, what is the most important lesson that Little Tree learns about nature?
(a) That the hawks help humans by killing dangerous animals.
(b) That there is a sense of balance in nature.
(c) That small creatures need to be protected by larger ones.
(d) That only the strong will survive.

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

11. Why is it significant that Granpa reminds Little Tree in Chapter 10 about the importance of paying attention to people's tone and not just their words?
(a) Because Little Tree is getting older and facing new challenges.
(b) Because shortly after the reminder, Little Tree is tricked by a "Christian" using misleading words.
(c) Because Granpa knows that there is trouble coming.
(d) Because Granpa knows that a politician will be visiting.

12. What lesson does the author teach the reader in Chapter 6, based on how the Indians responded to the oppression by the soldiers?
(a) The oppressed will always turn against each other in order to escape death.
(b) The oppressed should surrender in order to save lives.
(c) The oppressed should fight back even if it causes more deaths.
(d) Oppressed people can remain strong and proud.

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

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

15. How does Little Tree's innocence and trust lead him to lose his money?
(a) The preacher encourages him to throw his extra money in the collection plate for the poor.
(b) Pine Billy encourages him to use the money in a scheme to make more money.
(c) The sharecropper pleads with him to give his daughter some money.
(d) A calf owner convinces him to buy a sick calf that soon dies.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In the narration, Little Tree says he discovers later on that Granma only read some parts of the stories about George Washington. What reason does Little Tree suggest for this?

3. What can the reader deduce about the author's intention in describing Cherokee beliefs and values in Chapter 8?

4. How does Pa say farewell to Granpa when he is dying?

5. How does Granpa help Little Tree overcome feeling empty and sad after Ringer's death?

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