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. 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?

2. How does Granpa make his living?

3. Granma accidentally reads about a law introduced by George Washington and this gets Granpa very angry. What law is this?

4. What does the incident between Little Tree and the lawmen on the mountain demonstrate about Little Tree?

5. Why is it important for the author to reveal that Granpa and Granma have friends who visit them?

Short Essay Questions

1. Summarize the episode between Pine Billy and Smokehouse and say why it creates humor.

2. How does Granma explain the existence of body and spirit to Little Tree in Chapter 8?

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

4. What does the introduction of Pine Billy add to the story?

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

6. What does the reader learn in Chapter 3 about the librarian's attitude to lending books to Little Tree and Granpa when they visit the library?

7. In Chapter 3, how does Granpa explain George Washington's decision to introduce a tax on whiskey? How does Granpa justify this belief?

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

9. State an important purpose that is served by this chapter in regard to the social setting of the book.

10. 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?

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

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

Comment on the importance in a novel of the point-of-view chosen by the writer and discuss with reference to this novel, the strengths and limitations of the "first -person narrative" point-of-view.

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