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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. The efforts made by the person who actually gets the reverend to release Little Tree from the orphanage symbolize the strength of some relationships. Which relationship is actually involved?
(a) The relationship between an uncle and his nephew.
(b) The relationship between two friends.
(c) The relationship between grandparents and grandchildren.
(d) The relationship between a preacher and his church member.

2. What does the author reveal about how Little Tree is released from the orphanage?
(a) That the reverend sends for Granma and tells her to remove Little Tree because Granpa is threatening him.
(b) 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.
(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 Granpa and tells him Little Tree is to be taken away because of his savagery.

3. How do the two men from Chattanooga make fun of Little Tree?
(a) They laugh at his moccasins.
(b) They call him an unpleasant name because he does not recollect his father.
(c) They tease him about belonging nowhere.
(d) They call him uneducated.

4. 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 only allows Cherokee to sit at the back.
(c) It is the only church so the preacher uses many different languages.
(d) The church is only open for services once per month.

5. At church, how does Granpa demonstrate his belief about the importance of self-sufficiency ?
(a) When a family loses all their furniture in a fire, Granpa brings them a chair and shows the man how to make it himself.
(b) Instead of giving people money, he offers to teach them how to make whiskey.
(c) Granpa brings whiskey for the poor so they can learn how to sell it and save extra money.
(d) Granpa gives no one anything; instead he offers to teach them how to plow the land for food.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Little Tree's education and instincts about nature get him into trouble at the orphanage?

2. How does the author create sympathy in the reader for Willow John?

3. According to Mr. Jenkins, who are the two men from Chattanooga and why are they looking for Granpa?

4. Which of the following is the best alternate title for Chapter 14?

5. How do religious and cultural beliefs cause Little Tree and the sharecropper's daughter to act negatively towards each other?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Chapter 16 suggest about the place of church going in the lives of Little Tree's family?

3. How does the description of the incident with Mr. Slick and Mr. Chunk demonstrate the author's ability to use humor?

4. During an incident in Chapter 13, poor people on the farm in the clearing are harassed and killed by government authorities. What part does this incident play in the novel?

5. How does this episode on the old farm symbolize both the cruelty and generosity observed by Granpa in his youth?

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

7. How do Granpa and Little Tree continue to make sure that as much as possible is learned from Little's Tree loss in the calf purchase?

8. Identify two specific lessons that Little Tree learns from his family and that are reinforced by Mr. Wine.

9. In what ways does the author communicate to the reader the growing fear and grief experienced by Granpa, Granma and Little Tree at the prospect of their separation?

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

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