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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. Referring to people who like to take and give handouts, what similarity does Granpa describe between some people and some countries?
2. Why does Willow John leave a long knife in church?
3. Which two incidents destroy Granpa's hope of being able to keep Little Tree?
4. Who plays the most significant role in getting Little Tree back from the orphanage, thereby demonstrating the deep bond between them?
5. What change does Little Tree make that demonstrates how much he has learned from the loss of the money spent on the calf?
Short Essay Questions
1. What are the early symbols in Chapter 20 of Little Tree's excitement that he is home from the orphanage?
2. What are the author's reasons for introducing the sharecropper and his daughter to the reader?
3. In what way does the title of Chapter 18 foreshadow the events that occur in it?
4. Write a short character sketch of Mr. Wine and summarize his role in the story.
5. How does the description of the incident with Mr. Slick and Mr. Chunk demonstrate the author's ability to use humor?
6. What does Chapter 16 suggest about the place of church going in the lives of Little Tree's family?
7. How does this episode on the old farm symbolize both the cruelty and generosity observed by Granpa in his youth?
8. Identify two specific lessons that Little Tree learns from his family and that are reinforced by Mr. Wine.
9. 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?
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
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.
Essay Topic 2
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.
Essay Topic 3
Granpa is involved in the controversial whiskey trade and exposes Little Tree to danger by involving him in the activities associated with it. Explain the complexities of Granpa's involvement in the whiskey trade and comment on the advantages and disadvantages of his decision to involve Little Tree in this line of work.
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