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. A baby dies of what?

2. In chapter twenty-four, Jo devotes herself to doing what?

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

4. Amy wants to have a gathering of her friends, which she calls what?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Alcott illustrate that "pride goes before a fall" and that popularity is not necessarily a good thing in chapter seven, using Amy as an example.

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

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. What major event happens to Meg and John after they have been married for a year and how does everyone handle it?

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

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

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

9. Describe the ups and downs of Jo's writing experiences in chapter twenty-four.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jo's tomboyish attitude is key to the book. Cite examples of how this attitude is displayed with relation to how Jo interacts with Laurie. How do their interactions with each other support Jo's independent attitude?

Essay Topic 2

Mr. Laurence and his grandson, Laurie, are the March girls' neighbors throughout the book. Choose one of the three sisters below and explain how she gets along with Laurie throughout the book.

1. Amy

2. Beth

3. Meg

Essay Topic 3

Jo is the central character in the story. Her choices are essential to the plot. Choose one of the following scenarios and describe how you think the story might have ended up had Jo made that choice. Use elements from the existing plot to back up your assumptions.

1. Jo marries Laurie.

2. Jo never marries anyone.

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