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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. In Chapter 12, how does the author demonstrate Granpa's respect for the animals?
2. Which two incidents destroy Granpa's hope of being able to keep Little Tree?
3. According to Mr. Jenkins, who are the two men from Chattanooga and why are they looking for Granpa?
4. How does the preacher make Granpa angry in some of his sermons?
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. In what two ways do Granpa and Granma help to create a sense of worth in Little Tree during Chapter 15?
2. Give a brief summary of the events related by Granpa that lead to Little Tree's return from the orphanage.
3. What are the author's reasons for introducing the sharecropper and his daughter to the reader?
4. What are the early symbols in Chapter 20 of Little Tree's excitement that he is home from the orphanage?
5. How does Little Tree's love of nature help him through the misery he feels at the orphanage?
6. How and why does Granpa's approach to people in church who are badly off differ from the approach of others?
7. How does the description of the incident with Mr. Slick and Mr. Chunk demonstrate the author's ability to use humor?
8. How does this episode on the old farm symbolize both the cruelty and generosity observed by Granpa in his youth?
9. What purpose does Willow John serve in the novel?
10. What examples of prejudice and misunderstanding does Little Tree encounter at the orphanage?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
The author uses the device of ending certain chapters with a different literary form. With detailed reference to the poems that occur at the end of three chapters in the novel, write a critical analysis of this technique making sure to include comments on the author's purposes and the extent to which they are achieved.
Essay Topic 3
Among the important themes explored in this novel are exclusion and prejudice. Discuss the characters, circumstances and relationships through which the themes of exclusion and prejudice are explored in the novel.
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