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. Laurie and Jo go to a nearby river to do what?

2. Amy follows Jo and Laurie to the river and does what?

3. Jo receives a letter from Marmee praising her for what?

4. Jo expects Meg to reject Mr. Brooke's proposal, but, instead, she sees what happen?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how the men at the picnic in chapter eleven, Fred Vaughn, Laurie, and Mr. Brooke, reveal their true feelings and their character to the girls.

2. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. 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.

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

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

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.

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