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. In Chapter 4, why does Little Tree feel grown-up?

2. According to Granma, why are secret places so important?

3. At the end of Chapter 2, how does Little Tree feel?

4. 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?

5. How do the Cherokee who escape from the soldiers into the hollows survive?

Short Essay Questions

1. Give two important place names and one animal's name that occur in chapter 4. Explain why the names are very appropriate.

2. Give an example from Chapter 4 of the author's ability to use vivid description.

3. 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?

4. Discuss the chief method used by the Indians to communicate beliefs and values from one generation to the other.

5. Why does Little Tree go to bed feeling happy even though he has lost his father and mother?

6. How does the author describe the Cherokee response to their oppression along the Trail of Tears?

7. What is the importance of the boot moccasins that Granma makes for Little Tree?

8. What important facts does the author provide about Little Tree when he is introduced to the reader?

9. How does Chapter 5 establish some of the special roles played by Granma in the family?

10. How does Granma illustrate her father's ability to feel tree spirits?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The author uses the device of ending certain chapters with a different literary form. With detailed reference to the poems that occur at the end of three chapters in the novel, write a critical analysis of this technique making sure to include comments on the author's purposes and the extent to which they are achieved.

Essay Topic 2

The episodes in the novel that have to do with the church and church-going present Little Tree and the reader with instances of hypocrisy and contradiction associated with Christianity. Referring closely to important incidents in the novel, discuss the author's exploration of hypocrisy and contradictions in the behavior of representatives of Christianity.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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