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. How many guests arrive for Amy's party?

2. Jo tells her aunts that she is against what?

3. At dinnertime, Beth tells the family about seeing Mr. Laurence buy what at the market?

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

5. Who is sent to Aunt March's house?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Describe how Meg's personality changes in chapter twenty-two, as she is married.

5. What major event happens to Meg and John after they have been married for a year and how does everyone handle it?

6. How does Marmee's attitude about Meg and Mr. Brooke and her children growing up in general illustrate Alcott's progressive views on the position of women in the late 1800s?

7. Describe Meg's attitude, in chapter eighteen, when she finds out that Laurie sent a letter to her as a prank.

8. How does Jo cutting her hair in chapter fourteen affect the family, and what does it symbolize in the broader scheme of things?

9. How does Jo's attitude in chapter twenty-six effect each of her visits?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Marmee is a key force in the girls' lives, especially during the war, in part I of the book. Describe how Marmee influences the girls' choices through the years, both when she is present and when she is absent.

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

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.

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