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. Who gets Amy in trouble at school?

2. Who is Marmee?

3. Jo uses the money she makes to send who on vacation?

4. Who does Jo catch cheating at croquet?

5. As summer arrives, Marmee gives Amy and Beth 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. Describe Jo's attitude in chapter three and how it defies conventional thinking in that era.

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Mr. March, although absent in much of the earlier portion of the book, is very important to the girls. In his absence, the presence of Mr. Laurence next door is comforting. How does Mr. Laurence influence the girls' lives?

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