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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Little Tree mean when he says that Granpa has a "sense of instinct"?
(a) That Granpa knows the trail very well.
(b) That Granpa has a natural ability to understand what is going on among the animals during the chase.
(c) That Granpa has common sense.
(d) That Granpa is able to smell the animals from far away.

2. According to Granpa's joke, why is Ti-bi robbed by the bear, the coon and the Cherokee?
(a) Because he eats too much and falls asleep.
(b) Because he does not watch out for the hawk.
(c) Because he leaves his surroundings unprotected.
(d) For taking more than he needs from nature.

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

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

5. What two important characteristics of Granpa are revealed by the description of the fox and the hounds episode?
(a) His immense respect for nature and animals and his sense of humor.
(b) Grandpa's great ability to catch foxes and control the hounds.
(c) Granpa's love for swimming and diving.
(d) Granpa's speed and agility.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does the author provide signs of racism in this first chapter of the book?

2. Which three people does Little Tree learn about from Granpa's stories in Chapter 5?

3. Why does the author cause Little Tree to be exposed to the Cherokee views about human nature at such an early age?

4. Which of the following would be the best alternate title for Chapter 3?

5. In Little Tree's new home, what is the "dogtrot"?

Short Essay Questions

1. At the end of Chapter 2, why does the author end with a poem?

2. How does Chapter 5 establish some of the special roles played by Granma in the family?

3. Comment on the title of Chapter 10.

4. How does Granma explain the existence of body and spirit to Little Tree in Chapter 8?

5. Summarize the episode between Pine Billy and Smokehouse and say why it creates humor.

6. How does the author describe the Cherokee response to their oppression along the Trail of Tears?

7. According to Chapter 6, why is it important for Little Tree to know the past?

8. What does the reader learn in Chapter 3 about the librarian's attitude to lending books to Little Tree and Granpa when they visit the library?

9. Explain two important symbols used in Chapter 9.

10. Discuss the chief method used by the Indians to communicate beliefs and values from one generation to the other.

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