Little House on the Prairie Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Where does the family spend the night the first day on the road?

2. How does Pa fasten the barn door shut?

3. What does Pa feed Pet and Patty when he chains them to the feed-box?

4. From where did the family with malaria come?

5. Why does Laura have a difficult time falling asleep the night Jack returns?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Pa and Ma start the house and what happens to Ma as they are building the house?

2. What does Pa do every morning when digging the well with Mr. Scott and what happens to Mr. Scott in the well one morning?

3. Why is Pa not at the homestead on Sunday by suppertime?

4. Why does the family stop after traveling for a few hours?

5. How does the house and the barn get doors?

6. What happens with Pet the day after the stable is built?

7. How does Pa finish the fireplace and what does Ma do when he finishes it?

8. How does the family get across the creek and who does not make it?

9. Why does Pa have problems when he feeds Pet and Patty and how is the problem resolved?

10. How does Pa get help for the roof from Mr. Edwards and what kind of floor does Pa put in the house?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many readers of fiction place themselves in the position of one character, wondering if they would do the same thing as that character. Discuss the following:

Do you think one of the values of literature is to serve as a reflection of oneself? Why or why not? Socrates said "Know thyself." How can reading a book such as Little House on the Prairie help a reader to know him/herself? Do you find yourself reflecting on your own character and abilities when reading Little House on the Prairie? With which characters do you identify most? Why? Use examples from Little House on the Prairie to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Though the several other white settlers in the area aid each other so they can achieve this same goal, Pa and his family have to be essentially self-reliant because these neighbors are several miles away.

In what ways do the Ingalls demonstrate self-reliance and what do you think modern Americans could learn from their lives? Use examples from Little House on the Prairie to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Foreshadowing is used in almost all works of fiction. Discuss the following:

What is foreshadowing? Identify three instances of foreshadowing in Little House on the Prairie and what they foreshadow? How does foreshadowing contribute to a book's suspense? Are there any incidences that you thought foreshadows a future event, but it does not do so?

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