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. 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?

2. How does Granpa help Little Tree relate the lessons about nature to the behavior of some people?

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 the author use contrast to show different lifestyles and characters in Chapter 7?

5. Who does Granpa ask about the law that made him angry?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is "The Way" and why does it play a critical role in Little Tree's education?

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

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

6. In Chapter 3, what does the author reveal about Granpa's views on politicians and authority figures?

7. According to Granma, how does the spirit-mind relate to understanding of death and nature in secret places?

8. What descriptions of the journey to, and arrival at his new home establish that Little Tree is going to be in a strange place?

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

10. What is the importance of revealing that Granma and Granpa have friends and visitors like Pine Billy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Chapter titles in this novel play a significant role in shaping the expectations of the reader or ironically commenting on the contents of the chapter. Select any four chapters whose titles you consider to be particularly significant and discuss the extent to which these titles shape the reader's expectations or ironically comment on the contents of these chapters.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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