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. On the third social call, the girls pay a visit to whom?

2. Who does Jo meet, while trying to avoid the crowds at the party?

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

4. What instrument does Mr. Laurence use to convince Beth to visit more often?

5. Marmee and Mr. Brooke go where?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Laurie help Amy to see the truth about herself and her relationship with Fred in chapter thirty-four?

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. What lessons do we learn from Beth's death?

5. 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.

6. During her talk with Laurie about their relationship, how is Jo's independence once again expressed with relation to the normal role of women in society in that era?

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

8. What secret does Beth reveal to Jo at the seashore and what does it say about Beth's mental state?

9. How does the relationship between Jo and Laurie climax in chapter thirty-one?

10. How does Amy's family react to her party plan in chapter twenty-three, both before and after the party?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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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