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 is the Hangin' Gap?

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

3. What does Granma make for Little Tree to wear for his first walk up the trail with Granpa?

4. Why does Granma describe some people in the world as "dead"?

5. What reason does Granpa suggest as the only logical explanation for this law of George Washington's that makes him so angry?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the introduction of Pine Billy add to the story?

2. Why is the trail called the "Trail of Tears" and how does the author challenge some traditional beliefs about what happened there?

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

4. 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?

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

6. Why does Little Tree go to bed feeling happy even though he has lost his father and mother?

7. What is the importance of revealing that Granma and Granpa have friends and visitors like Pine Billy?

8. What does the reader learn in Chapter 3 about the librarian's attitude to lending books to Little Tree and Granpa when they visit the library?

9. Summarize the episode between Pine Billy and Smokehouse and say why it creates humor.

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

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 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

An important aspect of the novel's impact lies in the ability of the author to portray character effectively. Justifying your answer with reference to specific examples, discuss the methods used by the author to portray two major and two minor characters in the story.

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