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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. Which of the following best describes the main theme of Chapter 2?
(a) How animals survive in the wild.
(b) A young boy learns to survive in the mountains.
(c) Granpa shares his knowledge about hunting.
(d) A young boy learns to appreciate nature.
2. How does Granma help Little Tree to understand the relationship between nature and human development?
(a) Granma explains that Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter are the periods of spiritual growth in a person's life.
(b) Granma explains that Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter are like childhood, adolescence and maturity in humans.
(c) Granma explains that the seasons are times when humans should learn from nature how to improve.
(d) Granma explains that Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter are periods in nature just as birth, adulthood, ageing and death are phases in human life.
3. How does Granpa help Little Tree overcome feeling empty and sad after Ringer's death?
(a) He tells him he will feel better in a few days.
(b) He says the only way not to feel empty and sad is never to love anything, but then he will always feel sad and empty.
(c) He tells him to accept that Ringer is better off as he won't suffer anymore.
(d) He tells him to remember the good times with Ringer.
4. 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 cause jealousy.
(b) Granpa teaches Little Tree that people who store and take more than their share contribute to wars, land-grabbing and changing nature's ways.
(c) Granpa says that people who take more than their share cause others to starve.
(d) Granpa says that people who take more than their share do better than others.
5. What is the difference between the author's portrayal of the visitor in Chapter 7 and the way in which the innocent Little Tree views him?
(a) The author suggests that he is not very generous, but Little Tree thinks he is kind.
(b) The author suggests that he is not a sincere friend of the family, but Little Tree trusts him.
(c) The author suggests that he is spying on how Little Tree is being brought up, but Little Tree thinks he is a true friend.
(d) The author suggests that he is always making up stories and schemes, but Little Tree thinks he is wise and successful.
Short Answer Questions
1. In Chapter 2, who has just died when Little Tree's relatives argue about where he should live?
2. How does the driver of the vehicle who takes Little Tree to his new home treat Granma and Granpa?
3. How does the author reveal that the policeman might be wrong to put the driver of the black car in jail?
4. Which character comes to visit the family in Chapter 7?
5. At the end of Chapter 2, how does Little Tree feel?
Short Essay Questions
1. Discuss the chief method used by the Indians to communicate beliefs and values from one generation to the other.
2. 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?
3. What detailed explanation of "The Way" does Granpa's give Little Tree when the hawk, Tal-con kills a quail?
4. How does Granpa use the whiskey trade to give Little Tree a sense of belonging in the family, and how do readers know that it works?
5. Give an example from Chapter 4 of the author's ability to use vivid description.
6. How does Granma explain the existence of body and spirit to Little Tree in Chapter 8?
7. Summarize the episode between Pine Billy and Smokehouse and say why it creates humor.
8. What descriptions of the journey to, and arrival at his new home establish that Little Tree is going to be in a strange place?
9. Give two important place names and one animal's name that occur in chapter 4. Explain why the names are very appropriate.
10. How does Granpa's attitude to fox hunting make him special and show his regard for nature?
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