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. What is the name of the part of the mountain trail between the mountains where the trail becomes thinner?

2. Which of the following is the best alternate title for Chapter 6?

3. What is Little Tree especially proud of in Chapter 9?

4. In Chapter 6, how does the author explain that Pa knows Indians are around?

5. Where does Granma get books to read to Little Tree and Granpa?

Short Essay Questions

1. Apart from hunting, what is the special reason for Granpa taking Little Tree out for this all-night adventure?

2. How does this episode on the old farm symbolize both the cruelty and generosity observed by Granpa in his youth?

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

4. During an incident in Chapter 13, poor people on the farm in the clearing are harassed and killed by government authorities. What part does this incident play in the novel?

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

6. Summarize the story about 'Coon Jack' and explain Granpa's reason for telling it to Little Tree.

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

8. At the end of Chapter 2, why does the author end with a poem?

9. How and why does Granpa's approach to people in church who are badly off differ from the approach of others?

10. How does Chapter 5 establish some of the special roles played by Granma in the family?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

An outstanding feature of this story is the author's ability to provide vivid descriptions that help to promote the Cherokee respect for, and love of nature. Provide detailed references to at least three different settings in the novel, and use them to demonstrate the validity of this assertion.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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