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. How long has passed since the last time we saw the March girls?

2. Of the following, who does not attend the picnic at Longmeadow?

3. Who tells Meg that they are not impressed by her "fuss and feathers" at the party?

4. The March's receive a telegram saying what?

5. Left alone in the library, Jo studies 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 the ups and downs of Jo's writing experiences in chapter twenty-four.

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

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

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

6. How is the idea that leisure doesn't pay neatly illustrated by Marmee for all of the girls in chapter eleven?

7. How are Amy and Jo's roles viewed differently, as they go on social calls in chapter twenty-six?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When both March parents are away, Beth contracts Scarlet Fever and Amy is sent to Aunt March's house. Describe what that series of events shows us about Amy's character and how that character changes throughout the book.

Essay Topic 2

Explain how helping others is a central theme of the book. Cite examples of how the girls help each other, how the Laurence's help them, or how they each help other people outside the family.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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