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. How does Granpa help Little Tree understand the seriousness of spending the money on the calf?

2. How do the events in Chapter 12 demonstrate the importance of Granma's knowledge of plants and herbs?

3. How does the author create sympathy in the reader for Willow John?

4. What do Little Tree and the sharecropper's daughter have in common?

5. How do the two men from Chattanooga make fun of Little Tree?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. In what way does the title of Chapter 18 foreshadow the events that occur in it?

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

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

7. Give a brief summary of the events related by Granpa that lead to Little Tree's return from the orphanage.

8. 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?

9. How does the description of the incident with Mr. Slick and Mr. Chunk demonstrate the author's ability to use humor?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Education of Little Tree is an exploration of important themes including "love and relationships",and "loss and death." Using specific examples, fully discuss the author's exploration of these themes in the novel.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Chapter titles in this novel play a significant role in shaping the expectations of the reader or ironically commenting on the contents of the chapter. Select any four chapters whose titles you consider to be particularly significant and discuss the extent to which these titles shape the reader's expectations or ironically comment on the contents of these chapters.

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