The Education of Little Tree Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Asa Earl Carter
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do Little Tree's grandparents reveal about the Cherokee style of passing on information and lessons from one generation to the other?

2. When Little Tree demonstrates that he has learned the lessons about nature, what name does Granpa say he would give him if he didn't have a name already?

3. Why is there some truth in Granpa's belief that the way people sound when they talk can be more important than the words they use?

4. How does Pa say farewell to Granpa when he is dying?

5. What is the Trail of Tears?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Granpa and Granma ensure that there is a balance in Little Tree's education?

2. How does the beginning of Chapter 10 contrast with the ending of the incident in which Little Tree protects the whiskey still from the outsiders?

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

4. How does the revelation of Granpa's trade help to shed light on the reason for his earlier objection to one of George Washington's laws?

5. How does Granpa use the whiskey trade to give Little Tree a sense of belonging in the family, and how do readers know that it works?

6. What is the significance of the title of the chapter "I kin ye Bonnie Bee"?

7. According to Chapter 6, why is it important for Little Tree to know the past?

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

9. How does Granpa's attitude to fox hunting make him special and show his regard for nature?

10. How does the behavior of some of the people on the bus help to introduce one of the themes of the novel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Granma and Granpa are towering figures in the life of Little Tree and they establish the power of simplicity and commitment in a complex and frightening world. Discuss the evidence provided by the author of the complex and frightening world in which Little Tree finds himself and comment on the role of his grandparents in establishing that simple family values and relationships are powerful means of survival in such a world.

Essay Topic 2

The controversy surrounding the authorship of the novel has led to the view that it is not a suitable book for teaching about the lives of American Indians. Discuss the dangers and merits involved in using this novel to teach the young about the lives and beliefs of American Indians and suggest methods that should be used to avert such dangers.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout this novel, there is a constant preoccupation with the theme of man in relationship to nature. Using specific examples, discuss Forrest Carter's exploration of the theme of "man in relationship to nature" in this novel and explain with justification the extent to which this exploration is meant to be a lesson to the reader.

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