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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. Why does Granma describe some people in the world as "dead"?
2. Why is it significant that Granpa reminds Little Tree in Chapter 10 about the importance of paying attention to people's tone and not just their words?
3. Little Tree's bed is made of what material?
4. How is Granpa's approach to making whiskey different from that of the "city criminals" who just want to make money?
5. In the early chapters of the book, what kind of education is Little Tree receiving from his grandparents?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Chapter 3, what does the author reveal about Granpa's views on politicians and authority figures?
2. How does the behavior of some of the people on the bus help to introduce one of the themes of the novel?
3. At the end of Chapter 2, why does the author end with a poem?
4. Summarize the story about 'Coon Jack' and explain Granpa's reason for telling it to Little Tree.
5. How does Granpa's attitude to fox hunting make him special and show his regard for nature?
6. What is the significance of the title of the chapter "I kin ye Bonnie Bee"?
7. What important facts does the author provide about Little Tree when he is introduced to the reader?
8. How does the author describe the Cherokee response to their oppression along the Trail of Tears?
9. How do Granpa and Granma ensure that there is a balance in Little Tree's education?
10. How is Granpa's approach to his trade different from that of some whiskey traders to whom he objects?
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
In the introduction to the re-issuing of "The Education of Little Tree", the University of New Mexico Press includes the following statement: 'Little Tree is one of those rare books like Huck Finn that each new generation needs to discover and which needs to be read and reread regularly...a fine and sustaining book, wonderfully funny and deeply poignant'.
With special reference to this statement and using detailed references to the text, write a critical analysis of the novel.
Essay Topic 3
The Education of Little Tree is an exploration of important themes including "love and relationships",and "loss and death." Using specific examples, fully discuss the author's exploration of these themes in the novel.
This section contains 1,448 words
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