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. At church, how does Granpa demonstrate his belief about the importance of self-sufficiency ?

2. 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?

3. Why is Wilburn, the boy at the orphanage, as much of an outcast as Little Tree is?

4. What is the importance of the way Chapter 12 ends?

5. Who plays the most significant role in getting Little Tree back from the orphanage, thereby demonstrating the deep bond between them?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Give a brief summary of the events related by Granpa that lead to Little Tree's return from the orphanage.

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

6. What purpose does Willow John serve in the novel?

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

8. What are the early symbols in Chapter 20 of Little Tree's excitement that he is home from the orphanage?

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

10. Identify two specific lessons that Little Tree learns from his family and that are reinforced by Mr. Wine.

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

Granpa is involved in the controversial whiskey trade and exposes Little Tree to danger by involving him in the activities associated with it. Explain the complexities of Granpa's involvement in the whiskey trade and comment on the advantages and disadvantages of his decision to involve Little Tree in this line of work.

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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