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

2. Who is Smokehouse and what role does he play in Chapter 7?

3. According to Chapter 3, how does Granpa feel about politicians and authority figures?

4. Which of the following best describes the theme of the opening chapter?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Explain two important symbols used in Chapter 9.

4. How does the behavior of some of the people on the bus help to introduce one of the themes of the novel?

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

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

7. 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?

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

9. What is "The Way" and why does it play a critical role in Little Tree's education?

10. How does Granpa use the whiskey trade to give Little Tree a sense of belonging in the family, and how do readers know that it works?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout this novel, there is a constant preoccupation with the theme of man in relationship to nature. Using specific examples, discuss Forrest Carter's exploration of the theme of "man in relationship to nature" in this novel and explain with justification the extent to which this exploration is meant to be a lesson to the reader.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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