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 Little Tree create a disturbance in church?

2. 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?

3. The author implies there is a special bond between Willow John and Little Tree, despite the difference in their ages. What is the cause of this bond?

4. In Chapter 16, what does the author suggest about the importance of the church teachings to Granpa and Little Tree?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How and why does Granpa's approach to people in church who are badly off differ from the approach of others?

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

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

5. 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?

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. 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?

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

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

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

Granma and Granpa are towering figures in the life of Little Tree and they establish the power of simplicity and commitment in a complex and frightening world. Discuss the evidence provided by the author of the complex and frightening world in which Little Tree finds himself and comment on the role of his grandparents in establishing that simple family values and relationships are powerful means of survival in such a world.

Essay Topic 2

It is sometimes the case that major characters in a story are used by the author to express his / her own point-of-view. Of all of the characters in "The Education of Little Tree," suggest with reasons, which one(s) you believe is (are) reflecting most closely the author's opinions.

Essay Topic 3

In the introduction to the re-issuing of "The Education of Little Tree", the University of New Mexico Press includes the following statement: 'Little Tree is one of those rare books like Huck Finn that each new generation needs to discover and which needs to be read and reread regularly...a fine and sustaining book, wonderfully funny and deeply poignant'.

With special reference to this statement and using detailed references to the text, write a critical analysis of the novel.

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