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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 do Little Tree and the sharecropper's daughter have in common?
2. How does Little Tree's love and appreciation of nature help him overcome the isolation of the orphanage?
3. What dangerous adventure gives Chapter 12 its title?
4. At church, how does Granpa demonstrate his belief about the importance of self-sufficiency ?
5. What does the author imply might be the reason for the special bond that exists between Mr. Wine and Little Tree's family?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does this episode on the old farm symbolize both the cruelty and generosity observed by Granpa in his youth?
2. In what two ways do Granpa and Granma help to create a sense of worth in Little Tree during Chapter 15?
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. How and why does Granpa's approach to people in church who are badly off differ from the approach of others?
6. What does Chapter 16 suggest about the place of church going in the lives of Little Tree's family?
7. What purpose does Willow John serve in the novel?
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. Give a brief summary of the events related by Granpa that lead to Little Tree's return from the orphanage.
10. Give an example from Chapter 12 of how well the author uses vivid description to convey a picture of Spring to the reader.
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
The episodes in the novel that have to do with the church and church-going present Little Tree and the reader with instances of hypocrisy and contradiction associated with Christianity. Referring closely to important incidents in the novel, discuss the author's exploration of hypocrisy and contradictions in the behavior of representatives of Christianity.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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