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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. At the beginning of the chapter "The Farm in the Clearing", what inhuman scene does Granpa describe to Little Tree?
(a) He sees soldiers abusing the children.
(b) He sees a man beating a woman and two children.
(c) He sees a man with a stump for a leg being beaten by soldiers.
(d) He sees a man and woman wearing leather harnesses and pulling a plow like mules.

2. In the incident when Granpa sees the old farmhouse in the clearing, why is Granpa surprised by the soldier's treatment of the people on the farm when he returns there later?
(a) Granpa expects the soldiers to harm them but they actually bring them a mule.
(b) Granpa expects the soldiers to stop them from plowing but they charge them taxes.
(c) Granpa expects the soldiers to throw them off the land but they tie them up in the barn.
(d) Granpa expects the soldiers to help the people but they actually attack them with guns .

3. What does the author reveal about how Little Tree is released from the orphanage?
(a) That the reverend sends for Granpa and tells him he is being followed by a savage who tells him Little Tree is to go home.
(b) That the reverend sends for Granpa and tells him Little Tree is to be taken away because of his savagery.
(c) That Pine Billy goes to the reverend and tells him to release Little Tree or he will report the beatings to the authorities.
(d) That the reverend sends for Granma and tells her to remove Little Tree because Granpa is threatening him.

4. How does Little Tree create a disturbance in church?
(a) He gives Willow John a whistle and he tries it out in church.
(b) He gives Willow John a harmless snake which jumps on a lady who screams out in church.
(c) He gives Willow John a nickel and a bullfrog that starts a loud croaking in church.
(d) He comes in late and falls over in the aisle.

5. How does Little Tree's education and instincts about nature get him into trouble at the orphanage?
(a) He explains to the teacher that the deer in a picture are mating.
(b) He explains to the teacher that the dogs in the courtyard are mating.
(c) He tells the teacher that the mourning dove is a sign of death.
(d) He tells the teacher that the trees and the winds can communicate with him.

6. The author implies there is a special bond between Willow John and Little Tree, despite the difference in their ages. What is the cause of this bond?
(a) Both have a great sense of humor.
(b) Both have suffered the loss of their parents.
(c) Both have suffered from having to adjust to moving to the mountain area.
(d) Both are outsiders who don't quite belong in the world they occupy.

7. In what way do the events in Chapter 18 represent a major turning point in the novel?
(a) It begins the situation that turns Little Tree against his grandparents.
(b) It sets in motion a series of events that will bring an end to Little Tree's life with his grandparents.
(c) It is the beginning of Little Tree's life as a teenager.
(d) It starts the legal battle between the state and Granpa for Little Tree.

8. How does the preacher make Granpa angry in some of his sermons?
(a) He talks a lot about Pharisees or separates, while looking and pointing straight at Granpa's family.
(b) He talks with contempt about the Cherokee.
(c) He rants and raves about whiskey makers.
(d) He talks with contempt about the Catholics.

9. What evidence is given in Chapter 16 that there is prejudice even in the church?
(a) The Cherokee have to stand at the back door and listen to the service.
(b) The preacher gives preferential treatment to the rich Episcopalian family who gives a whole dollar for collection.
(c) Cherokee children are not allowed at Sunday School.
(d) The Episcopalians are the only ones who can participate in decisions about the church.

10. What dangerous adventure gives Chapter 12 its title?
(a) Granpa is bitten by a rattlesnake from which he rescues Little Tree.
(b) Granpa is bitten by a bear.
(c) Little Tree is bitten by a bear.
(d) Little Tree is bitten by a rattlesnake.

11. What is unusual about the type of church that Little Tree's family attends?
(a) It is the only church so it services various faiths, including Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, Episcopalians and Church of Christ.
(b) The church is only open for services once per month.
(c) It is the only church so the preacher uses many different languages.
(d) The church only allows Cherokee to sit at the back.

12. What is the importance of the way Chapter 12 ends?
(a) To demonstrate that everyone in the family has an important role.
(b) To demonstrate that time is running out for the family.
(c) To demonstrate how grave danger has cemented the bonds among the members of the family.
(d) To demonstrate that the Cherokee way of life has serious dangers.

13. What is the meaning of the red flag planted on the land by the regulators?
(a) It means blood has been shed during fighting on the land.
(b) It means that the government has evicted squatters from the land.
(c) It means the occupants have been taken to jail.
(d) It means the occupants cannot pay the taxes on the land.

14. According to Mr. Jenkins, who are the two men from Chattanooga and why are they looking for Granpa?
(a) Mr. Slick and Mr. Chunk are big city men who want to buy crops from Granpa.
(b) Mr. Slick and Mr. Chunk are big city men who want to buy land from Granpa.
(c) Mr. Slick and Mr. Chunk are big city men who have come to investigate Little Tree's upbringing.
(d) Mr. Slick and Mr. Chunk are big city men in the whiskey trade and want to put Granpa to work on a big still.

15. In teaching Little Tree, how does Mr. Wine reinforce Granma's lessons about the spirit-mind and the body-mind?
(a) He says some education is for work and some for appreciating life.
(b) He says some education is technical and some is spiritual.
(c) He says some education is practical and some is theoretical.
(d) He says there is modern, technical education to help you make a living and there is the education that makes you honest and caring.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the special symbolism of the chapter title "Down From the mountain"?

2. How does Little Tree's love and appreciation of nature help him overcome the isolation of the orphanage?

3. What is the first thing that Little Tree does on the trail when he is going home from the orphanage?

4. How do the two men from Chattanooga make fun of Little Tree?

5. Why does the author include the special relationship between Mr. Wine and Little Tree's family in the story?

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