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 is it important for the author to reveal that Granpa and Granma have friends who visit them?

2. Who guides the family when it comes to books, decisions and words?

3. According to his grandparents, why is it important for Little Tree to learn about his past?

4. How does the author reveal that the policeman might be wrong to put the driver of the black car in jail?

5. Why doesn't Granma scold Little Tree for getting wet in the woods?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is "The Way" and why does it play a critical role in Little Tree's education?

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

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

7. At the end of Chapter 2, why does the author end with a poem?

8. Comment on the title of Chapter 10.

9. What detailed explanation of "The Way" does Granpa's give Little Tree when the hawk, Tal-con kills a quail?

10. Discuss the chief method used by the Indians to communicate beliefs and values from one generation to the other.

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

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.

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