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. Why is Wilburn, the boy at the orphanage, as much of an outcast as Little Tree is?

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

3. How does the author demonstrate that despite being poor, the sharecropper is instilling pride in his daughter?

4. How does Little Tree's education and instincts about nature get him into trouble at the orphanage?

5. How does Mr. Wine's death shed light on the previous incident in which he prays and then walks away without acknowledging Little Tree's gratitude for the yellow coat?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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 are the main purposes served by the incident in which Granpa is bitten by the rattlesnake?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Forrest Carter makes significant use of symbolism in the novel. Using specific examples of different types of symbols, write a detailed analysis of the author's use of symbolism throughout the novel. Where is it seen? How effectively is it used?

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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