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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. In Chapter 16, what does the author suggest about the importance of the church teachings to Granpa and Little Tree?
2. What advice from Granma does Little Tree follow to help him get through his need for communication with his grandparents?
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 regard to the family that Granpa sees facing hardships on the farm, what do Granpa and the soldiers have in common?
5. The author implies there is a special bond between Willow John and Little Tree, despite the difference in their ages. What is the cause of this bond?
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. How does Little Tree's love of nature help him through the misery he feels 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. 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. What purpose does Willow John serve in the novel?
6. Identify two specific lessons that Little Tree learns from his family and that are reinforced by Mr. Wine.
7. What examples of prejudice and misunderstanding does Little Tree encounter at the orphanage?
8. What does Chapter 16 suggest about the place of church going in the lives of Little Tree's family?
9. What are the main purposes served by the incident in which Granpa is bitten by the rattlesnake?
10. In what way does the title of Chapter 18 foreshadow the events that occur in it?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
It is sometimes the case that major characters in a story are used by the author to express his / her own point-of-view. Of all of the characters in "The Education of Little Tree," suggest with reasons, which one(s) you believe is (are) reflecting most closely the author's opinions.
Essay Topic 2
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 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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