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

2. In Chapter 15, how does Granma reassure Little Tree that his birth time is special and he will never be alone?

3. What important part does Mr. Wine play in the education of Little Tree?

4. How does Mr. Wine assure Little Tree that he is getting a good education?

5. In the incident when Granpa sees the old farmhouse in the clearing, why is Granpa surprised by the soldier's treatment of the people on the farm when he returns there later?

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. 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?

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

4. What are the early symbols in Chapter 20 of Little Tree's excitement that he is home from the orphanage?

5. Why isn't Granpa interested in talking to Mr. Slick and Mr. Chunk about putting him to work on a big whiskey still?

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

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

8. How does this episode on the old farm symbolize both the cruelty and generosity observed by Granpa in his youth?

9. Identify two specific lessons that Little Tree learns from his family and that are reinforced by Mr. Wine.

10. Write a short character sketch of Mr. Wine and summarize his role in the story.

Essay Topics

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

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

Throughout this novel, there is a constant preoccupation with the theme of man in relationship to nature. Using specific examples, discuss Forrest Carter's exploration of the theme of "man in relationship to nature" in this novel and explain with justification the extent to which this exploration is meant to be a lesson to the reader.

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