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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 does Pa tell Ma the folks in Independence are saying about the Indians?
2. Why does Laura bolt upright in the bed and scream?
3. What do the girls say the Indians had eaten in the village?
4. What does Pa do to prepare for possible problems with the Indians?
5. What massacre does Mrs. Scott talk to Ma about?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why do the girls worry about Christmas and the family worry about Mr. Edwards?
2. What does the family end up getting from the cattlemen and what does Pa get from it that night?
3. What happens when Mr. Edwards stops by to do chores when Pa goes to Independence?
4. How does Jack, Pa and Ma feel about all the Indians going down the trail?
5. How does the family almost lose the furs Pa has collected and what do they lose?
6. What can the settlers hear from the Indians and how are the settlers feeling about what they hear?
7. What do Pa and Mr. Scott hit before they get water in the well and what does Laura think of the water?
8. What does Pa say is the scream and how is the problem solved?
9. What does Pa agree to do for the cattlemen who come by the house and what do they offer him?
10. How do Mary and Laura find out there is something going on with the Indians and what does Pa say is happening?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:
Fully explain why you think Little House on the Prairie is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? What do you think would be another interesting title for Little House on the Prairie and why do you think that? How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.
Essay Topic 2
Characters are an integral and important part of almost all novels. Discuss the following:
Compare/contrast the characters of Mary and Laura. How are they similar? How are they different? Is there a flaw in each of their personalities? Be specific and give examples. Compare/contrast the characters of Ma and Pa. How do they seem different? Which do you like more? Why? Which one seems more of a well-rounded character?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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