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. Why does the author cause Little Tree to be exposed to the Cherokee views about human nature at such an early age?

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. How is the reader made aware that Pa eventually gets very close to the Indians?

4. How do Granma and Granpa portray the 'Trail of Tears' for Little Tree?

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

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

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

4. Give two important place names and one animal's name that occur in chapter 4. Explain why the names are very appropriate.

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

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

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

8. What important facts does the author provide about Little Tree when he is introduced to the reader?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

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

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 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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