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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. Which two incidents destroy Granpa's hope of being able to keep Little Tree?
2. According to Granpa's story about the farm, who was in charge of the land when Granpa was growing up?
3. How do the two men from Chattanooga make fun of Little Tree?
4. In regard to the family that Granpa sees facing hardships on the farm, what do Granpa and the soldiers have in common?
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. In what two ways do Granpa and Granma help to create a sense of worth in Little Tree during Chapter 15?
2. What examples of prejudice and misunderstanding does Little Tree encounter at the orphanage?
3. Give an example from Chapter 12 of how well the author uses vivid description to convey a picture of Spring to the reader.
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. In what way does the title of Chapter 18 foreshadow the events that occur in it?
6. Identify two specific lessons that Little Tree learns from his family and that are reinforced by Mr. Wine.
7. 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?
8. Why isn't Granpa interested in talking to Mr. Slick and Mr. Chunk about putting him to work on a big whiskey still?
9. What are the main purposes served by the incident in which Granpa is bitten by the rattlesnake?
10. What are the early symbols in Chapter 20 of Little Tree's excitement that he is home from the orphanage?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Compare and contrast the author's treatment of death and loss in the first and last chapters of the novel, indicating the changes which are evident in Little Tree's reactions to these experiences.
Essay Topic 2
Throughout the novel, the author integrates the use of Standard American English with English that reflects the influence of the Cherokee language and other dialects. In light of this, discuss the advantages and limitations of using different types of language in the novel.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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