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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 two friends.
(b) The relationship between grandparents and grandchildren.
(c) The relationship between a preacher and his church member.
(d) The relationship between an uncle and his nephew.
2. In Chapter 15, how does Granma reassure Little Tree that his birth time is special and he will never be alone?
(a) She explains that his birth time makes Summer his season and his company will always be the trees, birds, rain, and water that love him.
(b) She tells him he was born in the Spring and the bees buzzing around the new flowers will be his company.
(c) She tells him he was born in the Spring so he will always have nature bursting out to keep his company.
(d) She tells him he was born in Summer and the sun will always be his companion.
3. Why is Wilburn, the boy at the orphanage, as much of an outcast as Little Tree is?
(a) He is Mexican.
(b) His clubfoot makes him different from the other children.
(c) He is African-American.
(d) He is Jewish.
4. The author shares many Cherokee symbols with the reader. What is revealed in Chapter 14 about the meaning of an Indian holding up his palm?
(a) It means peace because he is showing he has no weapons.
(b) It means there is an agreement.
(c) The Indian wants someone to stay away.
(d) It means "Welcome".
5. Why does the author include the special relationship between Mr. Wine and Little Tree's family in the story?
(a) To show that Little Tree is learning to relate to many different people.
(b) To show that Little Tree has someone to help round out his education.
(c) To show that despite ethnic and racial differences, people with common values and beliefs can become close friends.
(d) To show that the world has many different types of people.
Short Answer Questions
1. In Chapter 12, how does the author demonstrate Granpa's respect for the animals?
2. What weekly event puts Little Tree and his family in the company of Willow John?
3. What does the author imply might be the reason for the special bond that exists between Mr. Wine and Little Tree's family?
4. Why does Mr. Wine light a candle at a special time?
5. How does the author suggest that even nature is mourning about Little Tree's departure?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why isn't Granpa interested in talking to Mr. Slick and Mr. Chunk about putting him to work on a big whiskey still?
2. What are the author's reasons for introducing the sharecropper and his daughter to the reader?
3. Identify two specific lessons that Little Tree learns from his family and that are reinforced by Mr. Wine.
4. Write a short character sketch of Mr. Wine and summarize his role in the story.
5. 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?
6. In what way does the title of Chapter 18 foreshadow the events that occur in it?
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. How does the description of the incident with Mr. Slick and Mr. Chunk demonstrate the author's ability to use humor?
10. In what two ways do Granpa and Granma help to create a sense of worth in Little Tree during Chapter 15?
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