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. Amy gets punished for bringing what to school?

2. On the day of Amy's planned event, what happens?

3. Who is Marmee?

4. Who are the least enthusiastic about Amy's party?

5. Who is upset about the idea that Meg might marry Mr. Brooke?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Jo cutting her hair in chapter fourteen affect the family, and what does it symbolize in the broader scheme of things?

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

4. How does Marmee's attitude about Meg and Mr. Brooke and her children growing up in general illustrate Alcott's progressive views on the position of women in the late 1800s?

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

6. 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.

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

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

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

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

Marmee, the mother, is a major figure the girls look up to throughout the book. Later on, the three surviving girls all become mothers themselves. Based on your opinions of the way each girl acted in the book, choose one of the following and describe why you think she made the best mother.

1. Jo

2. Amy

3. Meg

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

In part I of the book, the girls have to make sacrifices due to the War. Explain the family hardships that go on, both financial and personal, and how the girls overcome them.

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