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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 does the author include the special relationship between Mr. Wine and Little Tree's family in the story?
2. How does Little Tree describe the effect of returning to his secret place in Chapter 20?
3. What is the importance of the way Chapter 12 ends?
4. Referring to people who like to take and give handouts, what similarity does Granpa describe between some people and some countries?
5. How does the author reveal Granpa's sense of humor even during this dangerous adventure?
Short Essay Questions
1. 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?
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. Identify two specific lessons that Little Tree learns from his family and that are reinforced by Mr. Wine.
4. What examples of prejudice and misunderstanding does Little Tree encounter at the orphanage?
5. What are the author's reasons for introducing the sharecropper and his daughter to the reader?
6. How does this episode on the old farm symbolize both the cruelty and generosity observed by Granpa in his youth?
7. What does Chapter 16 suggest about the place of church going in the lives of Little Tree's family?
8. 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?
9. How and why does Granpa's approach to people in church who are badly off differ from the approach of others?
10. How does Little Tree's love of nature help him through the misery he feels at the orphanage?
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
The Education of Little Tree is an exploration of important themes including "love and relationships",and "loss and death." Using specific examples, fully discuss the author's exploration of these themes in the novel.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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