The Education of Little Tree Test | Final 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. What is the meaning of the red flag planted on the land by the regulators?

2. How does the reverend at the orphanage continue the prejudice that Little Tree has suffered throughout his life?

3. In regard to leaving the orphanage, how does Granpa reveal that he wants Little Tree to continue learning to make his own decisions?

4. In the incident when Granpa sees the old farmhouse in the clearing, why is Granpa surprised by the soldier's treatment of the people on the farm when he returns there later?

5. How does the author create sympathy in the reader for Willow John?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the description of the incident with Mr. Slick and Mr. Chunk demonstrate the author's ability to use humor?

2. What examples of prejudice and misunderstanding does Little Tree encounter at the orphanage?

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

4. How and why does Granpa's approach to people in church who are badly off differ from the approach of others?

5. How do Granpa and Little Tree continue to make sure that as much as possible is learned from Little's Tree loss in the calf purchase?

6. During an incident in Chapter 13, poor people on the farm in the clearing are harassed and killed by government authorities. What part does this incident play in the novel?

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

8. Write a short character sketch of Mr. Wine and summarize his role in the story.

9. In what ways does the author communicate to the reader the growing fear and grief experienced by Granpa, Granma and Little Tree at the prospect of their separation?

10. In what way does the title of Chapter 18 foreshadow the events that occur in it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Through the voice of Granpa, the novel expresses many explicit criticisms of the government, the law and authority figures in general. Write a critical analysis of Granpa's attitude to the government, the law and authority figures in general and comment on whether you consider it appropriate for Granpa to pass on his views to Little Tree.

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

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.

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