|Name: _________________________||Period: ___________________|
This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How does Little Tree's innocence and trust lead him to lose his money?
2. By allowing him to watch the chase, how does Granpa reinforce his earlier lessons to Little Tree about the ways of nature and animals?
3. Which books are Granma's favorites to read?
4. In the narration, Little Tree says he discovers later on that Granma only read some parts of the stories about George Washington. What reason does Little Tree suggest for this?
5. Why does Granpa want Little Tree to learn his trade when he is only six-years-old?
Short Essay Questions
1. According to Chapter 6, why is it important for Little Tree to know the past?
2. What examples of prejudice and misunderstanding does Little Tree encounter at the orphanage?
3. 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?
4. Give an example from Chapter 4 of the author's ability to use vivid description.
5. Explain two important symbols used in Chapter 9.
6. What does the introduction of Pine Billy add to the story?
7. How does Granma explain the existence of body and spirit to Little Tree in Chapter 8?
8. State an important purpose that is served by this chapter in regard to the social setting of the book.
9. At the end of Chapter 2, why does the author end with a poem?
10. What descriptions of the journey to, and arrival at his new home establish that Little Tree is going to be in a strange place?
Essay Topic 1
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.
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
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.
This section contains 2,393 words
(approx. 8 pages at 300 words per page)