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. In Chapter 6, the author reveals that Pa becomes a warrior late in his life. For whom does he fight?

2. In the narration, Little Tree says he discovers later on that Granma only read some parts of the stories about George Washington. What reason does Little Tree suggest for this?

3. What is Little Tree learning from the way in which Granma and Granpa deal with any extra money that they get from the whiskey?

4. How does Granma help Little Tree to understand the relationship between nature and human development?

5. What lesson does the author teach the reader in Chapter 6, based on how the Indians responded to the oppression by the soldiers?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Granpa use the whiskey trade to give Little Tree a sense of belonging in the family, and how do readers know that it works?

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

4. Give an example from Chapter 4 of the author's ability to use vivid description.

5. How does Granpa's attitude to fox hunting make him special and show his regard for nature?

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. In Chapter 3, how does Granpa explain George Washington's decision to introduce a tax on whiskey? How does Granpa justify this belief?

8. Comment on the title of Chapter 10.

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The author uses the device of ending certain chapters with a different literary form. With detailed reference to the poems that occur at the end of three chapters in the novel, write a critical analysis of this technique making sure to include comments on the author's purposes and the extent to which they are achieved.

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