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. In Chapter 12, how does the author demonstrate Granpa's respect for the animals?

2. What does the author imply might be the reason for the special bond that exists between Mr. Wine and Little Tree's family?

3. How does the author establish Granma's resourcefulness in Chapter 12?

4. Why does Mr. Wine light a candle at a special time?

5. Which two incidents destroy Granpa's hope of being able to keep Little Tree?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Give an example from Chapter 12 of how well the author uses vivid description to convey a picture of Spring to the reader.

3. What does Chapter 16 suggest about the place of church going in the lives of Little Tree's family?

4. 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?

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

6. 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?

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

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

9. What examples of prejudice and misunderstanding does Little Tree encounter at the orphanage?

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Forrest Carter makes significant use of symbolism in the novel. Using specific examples of different types of symbols, write a detailed analysis of the author's use of symbolism throughout the novel. Where is it seen? How effectively is it used?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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