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 writes a note allegedly from Mr. Brooke to Meg?

2. Left alone in the library, Jo studies what?

3. What secret does Laurie tell Jo?

4. Who asks Jo to make social calls with her?

5. Who marries the couple?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does Meg show, in chapter twenty, that, even though much of the book goes against the tradition of the times, traditional choices are still alright for some?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Describe how each of the four March girls are different from each other. Cite examples from how they interact with each other, Marmee, and those they are courting throughout the book. Also, use examples of things said by, to, or about them.

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