Little Women 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. Laurie does what during one of the girl's club meetings?

2. Who is sent to Aunt March's house?

3. What is the last name of the family that the girls give their Christmas breakfast to?

4. Who gets Amy in trouble at school?

5. Marmee receives a letter from her husband, who is where?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe what illnesses do to the family in chapter sixteen.

2. Alcott only wrote Little Women at her publisher's suggestion. She preferred to write more adult novels. Describe the similarity between her feelings and those of Jo and her family in the book.

3. How do we gain insight into Amy's personality when she goes to stay with Aunt March?

4. What are the girls' feelings toward the role of women in society, and how do they show these feelings in chapter ten?

5. How is the Christmas celebration in chapter nineteen different from Christmas a year before?

6. Describe how both Amy and Jo are used to teach a lesson about anger and revenge in chapter eight.

7. How does financial and social status affect Jo in chapter five when she sees Laurie again?

8. How, in chapter six, do the girls' attitudes toward their neighbors grow and adapt?

9. When Laurie says that Jo will be the next to wed, how does Jo react and how does Laurie view her attitude?

10. How does Jo's attitude in chapter twenty-six effect each of her visits?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose any one of the following three life lessons and explain how Louisa May Alcott uses the book to illustrate it.

1. Anger and revenge can cause more trouble later on. It is better to forgive and forget.

2. Hard work has many rewards. Laziness does not.

3. Popularity is not as important as strength of character.

Essay Topic 2

Louisa May Alcott had somewhat nontraditional views of a woman's role in the late 1800s.

Part 1: Describe how Jo's attitude in the beginning of the book reflects those views.

Part 2: Explain how Jo's attitude grew and changed toward the end of the book.

Part 3: Describe how Marmee's hopes for her daughters reflects Alcott's nontraditional view. Were Marmee's hopes fulfilled?

Essay Topic 3

Meg's attitude early on in the book is, perhaps, the best representation of the attitude of typical girls of the time. Do you agree with how much value she placed on what was proper and what other people might think of her? Why or why not?

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