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. Why does Ma cook outside after they move into the nearly finished house?

2. What does the family hear during the night of their first night traveling?

3. What wakes Laura in the middle of the night in Chapter 7?

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

5. What happens to the wagon as they cross the creek?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. What happens when Laura and Mary are playing with Jack who is chained to the barn?

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

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

6. How does Pa encounter a huge wolf pack and what does he do when they are around him?

7. Why is Laura worried about crossing the creek?

8. How does Pa begin to construct the fireplace?

9. What does the family do after Pa and Mr. Edwards finish the house, except for the roof?

10. Why does Charles Ingalls want to move west?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Identify the protagonists of the story and why you believe they are such? Identify the antagonists of the story and why you believe they are such? Which three secondary characters have the greatest impact on the plot? Which, if any, characters are not essential to the story? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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