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 the author reveal Granpa's sense of humor even during this dangerous adventure?

2. What change does Little Tree make that demonstrates how much he has learned from the loss of the money spent on the calf?

3. What important part does Mr. Wine play in the education of Little Tree?

4. How does the author establish Granma's resourcefulness in Chapter 12?

5. In regard to the family that Granpa sees facing hardships on the farm, what do Granpa and the soldiers have in common?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Little Tree's love of nature help him through the misery he feels at the orphanage?

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

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

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

5. In what two ways do Granpa and Granma help to create a sense of worth in Little Tree during Chapter 15?

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

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. 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

Compare and contrast the author's treatment of death and loss in the first and last chapters of the novel, indicating the changes which are evident in Little Tree's reactions to these experiences.

Essay Topic 2

Through the voice of Granpa, the novel expresses many explicit criticisms of the government, the law and authority figures in general. Write a critical analysis of Granpa's attitude to the government, the law and authority figures in general and comment on whether you consider it appropriate for Granpa to pass on his views to Little Tree.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the novel, the author integrates the use of Standard American English with English that reflects the influence of the Cherokee language and other dialects. In light of this, discuss the advantages and limitations of using different types of language in the novel.

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