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. Jo's novel finally sells for what amount?

2. Who is Marmee?

3. Laurie plays a prank in order to do what?

4. What is the name of the story that Jo has published?

5. When Meg gives birth to twins, they decide to name the boy what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain how Marmee's hope, in chapter nine, that her children will be happy, whether married or single, reflects the changing times when Alcott was writing the book in the 1860s.

2. Describe how Amy's planned party for her art school friends goes in chapter twenty-three.

3. As we return to Dovecote, how are Meg and John getting along in chapter twenty-five?

4. 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.

5. Describe Jo's attitude in chapter three and how it defies conventional thinking in that era.

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

7. Describe the differences between each of the March girls.

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

9. Describe Meg's attitude, in chapter eighteen, when she finds out that Laurie sent a letter to her as a prank.

10. How does Jo react to Mr. Brooke taking an interest in Meg?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Christmas and other parties play a recurring role in the March girls' lives throughout the book. Compare and contrast some of the Christmases and other parties in the book and explain how the girls learned the lesson that material things are not as important as family and friends during those festivities.

Essay Topic 2

Foreshadowing is a powerful literary tool, which Louisa May Alcott uses often in the book. Choose one of the following three events and explain how it is foreshadowed in the chapters prior to it.

1. Jo decides not to marry Laurie.

2. Beth dies.

3. Amy and Laurie decide to marry.

Essay Topic 3

Compare Jo's thoughts of and interactions with Laurie to her thoughts of and interactions with Professor Bhaer throughout the book. How do her attitudes toward each, as the book progresses, illustrate her aging and maturing?

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