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. The author shares many Cherokee symbols with the reader. What is revealed in Chapter 14 about the meaning of an Indian holding up his palm?

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

3. The efforts made by the person who actually gets the reverend to release Little Tree from the orphanage symbolize the strength of some relationships. Which relationship is actually involved?

4. In teaching Little Tree, how does Mr. Wine reinforce Granma's lessons about the spirit-mind and the body-mind?

5. What change does Little Tree make that demonstrates how much he has learned from the loss of the money spent on the calf?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why isn't Granpa interested in talking to Mr. Slick and Mr. Chunk about putting him to work on a big whiskey still?

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

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

4. 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?

5. How does this episode on the old farm symbolize both the cruelty and generosity observed by Granpa in his youth?

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

7. What are the main purposes served by the incident in which Granpa is bitten by the rattlesnake?

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Chapter titles in this novel play a significant role in shaping the expectations of the reader or ironically commenting on the contents of the chapter. Select any four chapters whose titles you consider to be particularly significant and discuss the extent to which these titles shape the reader's expectations or ironically comment on the contents of these chapters.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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