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 would be the most appropriate alternate title for Chapter 5?

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

3. Little Tree's bed is made of what material?

4. What do Little Tree's grandparents reveal about the Cherokee style of passing on information and lessons from one generation to the other?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain two important symbols used in Chapter 9.

2. How does the beginning of Chapter 10 contrast with the ending of the incident in which Little Tree protects the whiskey still from the outsiders?

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

4. How is Granpa's approach to his trade different from that of some whiskey traders to whom he objects?

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

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

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

8. Apart from hunting, what is the special reason for Granpa taking Little Tree out for this all-night adventure?

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

10. How does Granma illustrate her father's ability to feel tree spirits?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It is reasonable to assume that the author thought carefully about the title "The Education of Little Tree." Give detailed examples of Little Tree's upbringing and comment in detail on whether this novel is appropriately titled. What evidence is there in the novel that there were contending views about whether he was being educated?

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

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.

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