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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 kind of berries do Ma and Laura go to pick?
2. What does Mr. Edwards tell Ma about the Indians?
3. What does Pa say the noise from the Indians is?
4. Why does Laura bolt upright in the bed and scream?
5. What does Pa tell Laura the government will do about the Indians?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does a prairie fire appear and what do Ma and Pa do about it? What is the result of their efforts?
2. What does Pa agree to do for the cattlemen who come by the house and what do they offer him?
3. How does the family almost lose the furs Pa has collected and what do they lose?
4. Why do the girls worry about Christmas and the family worry about Mr. Edwards?
5. What happens one day when the chimney catches on fire?
6. Why does the family worry about Pa getting back from Independence and what does he manage to bring with him without breaking it?
7. What do Mary and Laura do with their findings from the Indian village?
8. Where does Pa take Mary and Laura in Chapter 14 and what do they find there?
9. What does Pa say is the scream and how is the problem solved?
10. What do Mr. Scott and Mr. Edwards think about the prairie and what how do they feel about the Indians getting together?
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
Analyze and discuss what you think are the characteristics of a successful novel and why Little House on the Prairie is or is not a successful novel based on your criteria. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for adults versus young adults?
Essay Topic 3
Oftentimes, a book has more of a character-driven plot rather than action driven, and oftentimes the other way. Some books seem to balance the two. Discuss the following:
What do you think it means to say that a plot is character driven or action driven? Which type of plot do you find more interesting? Why? Do you think it is possible to have a plot where action and character are developed to the same degree? Why or why not? What type of plot do you think Little House on the Prairie is? Explain your response.
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