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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 the incident when Granpa sees the old farmhouse in the clearing, why is Granpa surprised by the soldier's treatment of the people on the farm when he returns there later?
(a) Granpa expects the soldiers to harm them but they actually bring them a mule.
(b) Granpa expects the soldiers to throw them off the land but they tie them up in the barn.
(c) Granpa expects the soldiers to stop them from plowing but they charge them taxes.
(d) Granpa expects the soldiers to help the people but they actually attack them with guns .

2. How does Little Tree create a disturbance in church?
(a) He gives Willow John a nickel and a bullfrog that starts a loud croaking in church.
(b) He gives Willow John a whistle and he tries it out in church.
(c) He comes in late and falls over in the aisle.
(d) He gives Willow John a harmless snake which jumps on a lady who screams out in church.

3. In regard to the family that Granpa sees facing hardships on the farm, what do Granpa and the soldiers have in common?
(a) They are motivated to provide help.
(b) They believe they have no right to be there.
(c) They are prejudiced against the black man at the farm.
(d) They are concerned about the children.

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

5. How does Little Tree's love and appreciation of nature help him overcome the isolation of the orphanage?
(a) He makes friends with frogs and crickets.
(b) From his window, he watches the moon and the sun.
(c) He gets companionship from the wind, the trees and the Dog Star.
(d) He gets companionship from the dogs.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In what way do the events in Chapter 18 represent a major turning point in the novel?

3. 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?

4. How does the reverend at the orphanage continue the prejudice that Little Tree has suffered throughout his life?

5. In the incident with the two men from Chattanooga, how does Little Tree demonstrate that he is becoming clever and less trusting?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Little Tree's love of nature help him through the misery he feels at the orphanage?

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

5. Write a short character sketch of Mr. Wine and summarize his role in the story.

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

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

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

9. 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?

10. What are the author's reasons for introducing the sharecropper and his daughter to the reader?

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