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

Asa Earl Carter
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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. How does the author use contrast to show different lifestyles and characters in Chapter 7?

2. How does Pa say farewell to Granpa when he is dying?

3. What makes Little Tree go to bed feeling happier in spite of his loss in Chapter 1?

4. How does Chapter 2 end?

5. According to Granpa's story, why did his father's friend enter the church with a pistol?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are the early symbols in Chapter 20 of Little Tree's excitement that he is home from the orphanage?

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

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

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

6. What descriptions of the journey to, and arrival at his new home establish that Little Tree is going to be in a strange place?

7. How does Little Tree's love of nature help him through the misery he feels at the orphanage?

8. In what two ways do Granpa and Granma help to create a sense of worth in Little Tree during Chapter 15?

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

10. What are the author's reasons for introducing the sharecropper and his daughter to the reader?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The controversy surrounding the authorship of the novel has led to the view that it is not a suitable book for teaching about the lives of American Indians. Discuss the dangers and merits involved in using this novel to teach the young about the lives and beliefs of American Indians and suggest methods that should be used to avert such dangers.

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

Forrest Carter makes significant use of symbolism in the novel. Using specific examples of different types of symbols, write a detailed analysis of the author's use of symbolism throughout the novel. Where is it seen? How effectively is it used?

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