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

2. How is Granpa's approach to making whiskey different from that of the "city criminals" who just want to make money?

3. Why does Granpa object to people who age whiskey?

4. What is Little Tree learning from the way in which Granma and Granpa deal with any extra money that they get from the whiskey?

5. What does the reader learn about Granpa from his reaction to the lady in the black car who is rude to him?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Granpa teaching Little Tree to do the hard work involved in farming so early in his life?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Among the important themes explored in this novel are exclusion and prejudice. Discuss the characters, circumstances and relationships through which the themes of exclusion and prejudice are explored in the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the novel, the author integrates the use of Standard American English with English that reflects the influence of the Cherokee language and other dialects. In light of this, discuss the advantages and limitations of using different types of language in the novel.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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