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

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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. Which books are Granma's favorites to read?

2. According to Granpa's story, why did his father's friend enter the church with a pistol?

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

4. How is this visitor in Chapter 7 hoping to become rich?

5. Why does Granpa object to people who age whiskey?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What detailed explanation of "The Way" does Granpa's give Little Tree when the hawk, Tal-con kills a quail?

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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?

9. How is Granpa's approach to his trade different from that of some whiskey traders to whom he objects?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Despite being widely admired, "The Education of Little Tree" has been the subject of much controversy because of allegations that its author was actually a racist white supremacist and because of its removal from Oprah Winfrey's recommended books. Lorene Roy, President of the American Library Association is quoted on the internet as saying, "Besides the questions about the author's identity, the book is known for a simplistic plot that used a lot of stereotypical imagery." To what extent do you consider these assertions relevant to an appreciation of the novel's value as a literary work?

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

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.

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