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 receives what sort of lessons from Aunt March?

2. Who signs Amy's will as a witness?

3. What secret does Laurie tell Jo?

4. The girls create a secret society with what characters based on what?

5. Jo goes to the Laurence house and does what unusual thing to get Laurie to let her in?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Mrs. March's sixtieth birthday celebration, in the final chapter, mirror the Christmas festivities in the first chapter of the book?

3. What does the entire book say about wealth?

4. What is Jo's reaction, in chapter thirty-seven, after Beth's death?

5. Christmas is a primary focus, yet again. What does Laurie do for Christmas in chapter thirty-three?

6. Who arrives, in chapter thirty-eight, besides Laurie, Amy, and Mr. Laurence, and why does that person come?

7. As we return to Dovecote, how are Meg and John getting along in chapter twenty-five?

8. How does Jo feel about romantic pursuits, and how do her actions compare or contrast to that?

9. 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.

10. In chapter thirty-eight, Laurie and Jo have a final discussion about their relationship and decide what?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Choose any one of the following three life lessons and explain how Louisa May Alcott uses the book to illustrate it.

1. Anger and revenge can cause more trouble later on. It is better to forgive and forget.

2. Hard work has many rewards. Laziness does not.

3. Popularity is not as important as strength of character.

Essay Topic 2

Shy, timid Beth's character may not seem as well developed as everyone else in the book, but she plays an integral role. How do you feel about her death and what it represented to the rest of the March girls, especially Jo?

Essay Topic 3

Louisa May Alcott had somewhat nontraditional views of a woman's role in the late 1800s.

Part 1: Describe how Jo's attitude in the beginning of the book reflects those views.

Part 2: Explain how Jo's attitude grew and changed toward the end of the book.

Part 3: Describe how Marmee's hopes for her daughters reflects Alcott's nontraditional view. Were Marmee's hopes fulfilled?

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