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

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

3. According to Granpa's joke, why is Ti-bi robbed by the bear, the coon and the Cherokee?

4. Who does Granpa ask about the law that made him angry?

5. When the soldiers drive the Cherokee from their land, how do the Cherokee show their pride?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

5. How does Little Tree's independent selection of a secret place inform the reader about his character?

6. Explain two important symbols used in Chapter 9.

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

8. 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?

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

10. Comment on the title of Chapter 10.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

An outstanding feature of this story is the author's ability to provide vivid descriptions that help to promote the Cherokee respect for, and love of nature. Provide detailed references to at least three different settings in the novel, and use them to demonstrate the validity of this assertion.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Despite being widely admired, "The Education of Little Tree" has been the subject of much controversy because of allegations that its author was actually a racist white supremacist and because of its removal from Oprah Winfrey's recommended books. Lorene Roy, President of the American Library Association is quoted on the internet as saying, "Besides the questions about the author's identity, the book is known for a simplistic plot that used a lot of stereotypical imagery." To what extent do you consider these assertions relevant to an appreciation of the novel's value as a literary work?

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