The Education of Little Tree Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. In what special activity do Little Tree and his grandparents participate on weekend evenings during the winter?

2. What reasons are given in Chapter 4 for Granpa to keep the hounds?

3. As he goes up the trail, how does Little Tree become aware of "Mon-o-lah", the earth mother?

4. Why is there some truth in Granpa's belief that the way people sound when they talk can be more important than the words they use?

5. How does Granpa help Little Tree to accept the death of Ringer after he is bludgeoned in the mountains?

Short Essay Questions

1. State an important purpose that is served by this chapter in regard to the social setting of the book.

2. What is the importance of the boot moccasins that Granma makes for Little Tree?

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

In the introduction to the re-issuing of "The Education of Little Tree", the University of New Mexico Press includes the following statement: 'Little Tree is one of those rare books like Huck Finn that each new generation needs to discover and which needs to be read and reread regularly...a fine and sustaining book, wonderfully funny and deeply poignant'.

With special reference to this statement and using detailed references to the text, write a critical analysis of the novel.

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.

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