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 does Little Tree set the coal oil can down when the lady in the black car speaks to them?

2. What does Little Tree find interesting that makes him watch the umbrella spider for hours?

3. How does Granpa's disposal of the whiskey demonstrate that he is observing the lessons he teaches Little Tree about nature's ways?

4. What is the Hangin' Gap?

5. Why does the author cause Little Tree to be exposed to the Cherokee views about human nature at such an early age?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Give an example from Chapter 12 of how well the author uses vivid description to convey a picture of Spring to the reader.

5. How does the ending of the book recall the beginning and in what way does the author establish the contrast between these two points in Little Tree's life?

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

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

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

9. In what way does the title of Chapter 18 foreshadow the events that occur in it?

10. How do Granpa and Little Tree continue to make sure that as much as possible is learned from Little's Tree loss in the calf purchase?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Through the voice of Granpa, the novel expresses many explicit criticisms of the government, the law and authority figures in general. Write a critical analysis of Granpa's attitude to the government, the law and authority figures in general and comment on whether you consider it appropriate for Granpa to pass on his views to Little Tree.

Essay Topic 2

It is sometimes the case that major characters in a story are used by the author to express his / her own point-of-view. Of all of the characters in "The Education of Little Tree," suggest with reasons, which one(s) you believe is (are) reflecting most closely the author's opinions.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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