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. What family does Pat say lives three miles away?

2. What does Ma do with the dish-cloth when she finishes the dishes?

3. When did Pet deliver a colt?

4. What does Laura think of the water that comes from the bottom of the well?

5. Why does Pa think the eyes they see in the dark are not from a wolf?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Pa make for the cabin at the beginning of Chapter 12 and how does Ma help?

2. How does Pa begin to construct the fireplace?

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

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

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

6. What do Laura and Mary do after breakfast?

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

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

9. Where do the Ingalls stop for supplies and where do they spend the first night on the road? What do they hear that first night?

10. How does Pa acquire mustangs and what are the mustangs’ names?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Define plot and include the definitions of the most important elements of a plot. Do all novels have a plot? Why or why not? Write a brief synopsis of the plot of Little House on the Prairie, identifying where the various elements of the plot occur (Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution or denouement). Do you find it difficult to identify the plot? Why or why not? What about the various elements of the plot? Give a brief synopsis of any important sub-plots.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following:

Trace and analyze the theme of self-reliance in Little House on the Prairie. Consider the following questions as you write: Examine which characters are most concerned with being independent and how they demonstrate independence? What might drive them to be self-reliant?

Trace and analyze the theme of joy in one’s life in Little House on the Prairie. How is joy found in a difficult life? How are the joys in the Ingalls lives different from those in modern America? How might finding the good in everyday help a family survive a harsh environment? Use examples from Little House on the Prairie to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Characters are an important part of what makes Little House on the Prairie interesting. Discuss the following:

Thoroughly discuss and analyze Laura. What are her strengths and weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she usually likable? Seldom likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas. Use the same criteria to thoroughly discuss and analyze Pa and Ma.

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