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 does Little Tree mean when he says that Granpa has a "sense of instinct"?

2. As he goes up the trail, how does Little Tree become aware of "Mon-o-lah", the earth mother?

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

4. What is the most important lesson that Little Tree learns from the stories heard in Chapter 5?

5. Why does the author show that important lessons for Little Tree come from Granma and not Granpa?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does the behavior of some of the people on the bus help to introduce one of the themes of the novel?

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

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

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

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

9. How does the revelation of Granpa's trade help to shed light on the reason for his earlier objection to one of George Washington's laws?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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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