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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. In Chapter 6, how does the author explain that Pa knows Indians are around?
(a) After leaving certain items in the forest, he comes back to find a long Indian knife, a tomahawk and only some of what he left.
(b) He sees smoke signals across the mountain.
(c) He hears the Indians whispering in the mountains.
(d) He sees the remains of fires and cooked meat.

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 the seasons are times when humans should learn from nature how to improve.
(c) Granma explains that Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter are like childhood, adolescence and maturity in humans.
(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 teach Little Tree respect for the small creatures in Chapter 8?
(a) To catch the tadpoles and place them in a jar for safety.
(b) To set the spiders back in the ferns when they fall into the water.
(c) To stay away from the spiders and the frogs.
(d) To avoid disturbing the frogs' songs by walking on tiptoes.

4. 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?
(a) She doesn't want to upset Little Tree.
(b) She doesn't want Little Tree exposed to violent stories.
(c) She thinks Granpa will get angry.
(d) She wants Granpa to have someone to admire.

5. In the early chapters of the book, what kind of education is Little Tree receiving from his grandparents?
(a) An education that is limited to the Cherokee way of life.
(b) A varied and practical education.
(c) An education about becoming a hunter.
(d) An education about responsibility.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Little Tree learning from the way in which Granma and Granpa deal with any extra money that they get from the whiskey?

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

3. What would be the most appropriate alternate title for Chapter 5?

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

5. How does Granpa dispose of the whiskey he makes?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is "The Way" and why does it play a critical role in Little Tree's education?

2. Why is the trail called the "Trail of Tears" and how does the author challenge some traditional beliefs about what happened there?

3. 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?

4. Why is Granpa teaching Little Tree to do the hard work involved in farming so early in his life?

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

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

7. Give two important place names and one animal's name that occur in chapter 4. Explain why the names are very appropriate.

8. In Chapter 3, how does Granpa explain George Washington's decision to introduce a tax on whiskey? How does Granpa justify this belief?

9. How does Little Tree's independent selection of a secret place inform the reader about his character?

10. What is the importance of the boot moccasins that Granma makes for Little Tree?

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