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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 is the best explanation for the author's inclusion of Granpa's story about the "Farm in the Clearing" in the novel?
(a) To show that whenever authorities get involved in a situation, they make it bad.
(b) To show that despite the difference between ethnic groups, individuals share admirable human qualities.
(c) To show how important it is to prevent people from capturing land.
(d) To show that Granpa was once a boy living freely on the land.

2. How does the reverend at the orphanage continue the prejudice that Little Tree has suffered throughout his life?
(a) He gives Little Tree special clothing that will set him apart from the other children.
(b) He assigns Little Tree to a cot in the basement.
(c) He makes Little Tree wear a shirt with "Outcast" written across the back.
(d) He calls him a terrible name and says he doesn't have to go to church because people like him cannot be saved.

3. How does the author demonstrate that despite being poor, the sharecropper is instilling pride in his daughter?
(a) The sharecropper tells Granpa to keep his grandson away from his daughter.
(b) The sharecropper whips his daughter's legs and tells her to give back the moccasins Little Tree gives to her.
(c) The sharecropper chastises his daughter for talking to Little Tree.
(d) The sharecropper forbids his daughter to speak to Little Tree.

4. Which two incidents destroy Granpa's hope of being able to keep Little Tree?
(a) Mr. Jenkins refuses to lend Granpa the money for the lawyer, and Granma says she agrees that Little Tree should go.
(b) Mr. Wine's death means he cannot testify to Little Tree's education, and Mr. Taylor, the lawyer says he can't help Granpa.
(c) Mr. Taylor refuses to help Granpa, and Willow John dies so he cannot be a witness.
(d) Pine Billy refuses to testify and Little Tree accidentally reveals he has been making whiskey.

5. In what two ways does the author introduce humor in the incident with the two men from Chattanooga?
(a) By describing how the men fall into poison ivy and how Granma cooks them fish with roots that cause diarrhea.
(b) By describing how Little Tree outwits them and sends them running from the hounds.
(c) By describing how Granpa leads them to the edge of the cliff and taunts them until they beg for forgiveness.
(d) By describing how Little Tree sets the hounds on them and they are chased into the freezing river.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Willow John leave a long knife in church?

2. What does the author reveal about how Little Tree is released from the orphanage?

3. Why does Little Tree describe Fall as nature's grace time?

4. Why is Wilburn, the boy at the orphanage, as much of an outcast as Little Tree is?

5. In Chapter 16, what does the author suggest about the importance of the church teachings to Granpa and Little Tree?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How and why does Granpa's approach to people in church who are badly off differ from the approach of others?

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

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

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

6. Why isn't Granpa interested in talking to Mr. Slick and Mr. Chunk about putting him to work on a big whiskey still?

7. What are the early symbols in Chapter 20 of Little Tree's excitement that he is home from the orphanage?

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

9. What purpose does Willow John serve in the novel?

10. 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?

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