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

2. Why does Granpa want Little Tree to learn his trade when he is only six-years-old?

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

4. Which character comes to visit the family in Chapter 7?

5. What helps to determine whether Granpa and Granma light the coal oil lamp in the evenings during winter?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Why is the trail called the "Trail of Tears" and how does the author challenge some traditional beliefs about what happened there?

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

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

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

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

8. How does Granpa's attitude to fox hunting make him special and show his regard for nature?

9. Explain two important symbols used in Chapter 9.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Granpa is involved in the controversial whiskey trade and exposes Little Tree to danger by involving him in the activities associated with it. Explain the complexities of Granpa's involvement in the whiskey trade and comment on the advantages and disadvantages of his decision to involve Little Tree in this line of work.

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