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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 happens in Chapter 8 to suggest that Little Tree has a natural tendency towards some Cherokee ways?
(a) He is naturally attracted to the songs of the frogs.
(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 finds himself a special "secret" place and Granma tells him all Cherokees have secret places.

2. Which three people does Little Tree learn about from Granpa's stories in Chapter 5?
(a) An uncle who gets in trouble with women, granpa's pa and Coon Jack.
(b) Uncle, Pa and Bonnie Bee.
(c) Uncle Coon, Papa Jack and Pa.
(d) Jack, Papa and Uncle.

3. In Chapter 7, Little Tree's grandparents place emphasis on teaching him some more very important skills. Why do they do this?
(a) They want to make sure he will be a good father.
(b) They are making sure that Little Tree learns enough to be self-sufficient off the land.
(c) They want to make sure he learns about his tribe's habits.
(d) They want to make sure he will be able to take care of them soon.

4. How does Pa say farewell to Granpa when he is dying?
(a) He tells Granpa it is time to surrender and end the fighting.
(b) He tells Granpa to remember his heritage and pass it on to other Cherokee.
(c) He tells Granpa to continue to fight for the Nation.
(d) He reminds Granpa about kin and the fact that the mountains will not change and Pa tells him how much he cares for him.

5. Why is it important for the author to reveal that Granpa and Granma have friends who visit them?
(a) To make it clear that everyone is not racially prejudiced.
(b) To make it clear that Little Tree is kept away from adults who are not Cherokee.
(c) To make it clear that Little Tree's grandparents are not bringing him up in a way that isolates him from other people.
(d) To make it clear that Little Tree is being protected.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Granpa's joke, why is Ti-bi robbed by the bear, the coon and the Cherokee?

2. How does Granpa teach Little Tree respect for the small creatures in Chapter 8?

3. How do the Cherokee who escape from the soldiers into the hollows survive?

4. In Chapter 1, what does Little Tree's description of the woods around his new home reveal about his attitude to the surroundings?

5. What is Little Tree's responsibility in producing the whiskey?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Granpa's attitude to fox hunting make him special and show his regard for nature?

2. Give a brief summary of the events related by Granpa that lead to Little Tree's return from the orphanage.

3. What is the importance of revealing that Granma and Granpa have friends and visitors like Pine Billy?

4. Give an example from Chapter 12 of how well the author uses vivid description to convey a picture of Spring to the reader.

5. In what two ways do Granpa and Granma help to create a sense of worth in Little Tree during Chapter 15?

6. Summarize the story about 'Coon Jack' and explain Granpa's reason for telling it to Little Tree.

7. Apart from hunting, what is the special reason for Granpa taking Little Tree out for this all-night adventure?

8. How does the revelation of Granpa's trade help to shed light on the reason for his earlier objection to one of George Washington's laws?

9. What examples of prejudice and misunderstanding does Little Tree encounter at the orphanage?

10. 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?

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