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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 the preacher make Granpa angry in some of his sermons?
2. How does Little Tree create a disturbance in church?
3. How does Little Tree describe the effect of returning to his secret place in Chapter 20?
4. In what way do the events in Chapter 18 represent a major turning point in the novel?
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. How does this episode on the old farm symbolize both the cruelty and generosity observed by Granpa in his youth?
2. Give an example from Chapter 12 of how well the author uses vivid description to convey a picture of Spring to the reader.
3. What does Chapter 16 suggest about the place of church going in the lives of Little Tree's family?
4. How does the description of the incident with Mr. Slick and Mr. Chunk demonstrate the author's ability to use humor?
5. Write a short character sketch of Mr. Wine and summarize his role in the story.
6. 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?
7. How does Little Tree's love of nature help him through the misery he feels at 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 and why does Granpa's approach to people in church who are badly off differ from the approach of others?
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
Despite being widely admired, "The Education of Little Tree" has been the subject of much controversy because of allegations that its author was actually a racist white supremacist and because of its removal from Oprah Winfrey's recommended books. Lorene Roy, President of the American Library Association is quoted on the internet as saying, "Besides the questions about the author's identity, the book is known for a simplistic plot that used a lot of stereotypical imagery." To what extent do you consider these assertions relevant to an appreciation of the novel's value as a literary work?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
An important aspect of the novel's impact lies in the ability of the author to portray character effectively. Justifying your answer with reference to specific examples, discuss the methods used by the author to portray two major and two minor characters in the story.
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