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. After brutal editing, Jo finally has what published?

2. Due to Laurie's prank, what happens?

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

4. Laurie starts what in the garden?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do Jo's rude actions in chapter twenty-six hurt Amy in chapter twenty-seven?

3. Contrast Professor Bhaer with Laurie. What could possibly draw Jo to one over the other?

4. How does financial and social status affect Jo in chapter five when she sees Laurie again?

5. How does Beth's death, in chapter thirty-five, affect the rest of the family?

6. 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?

7. 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?

8. How does Jo handle the fact that Beth is dying?

9. Describe the significance of Christmas to Jo and the professor in chapter twenty-nine

10. In chapter thirty-nine, as she prepares to settle into the Laurence estate, how has Amy's attitude about money and material things changed?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Marmee, the mother, is a major figure the girls look up to throughout the book. Later on, the three surviving girls all become mothers themselves. Based on your opinions of the way each girl acted in the book, choose one of the following and describe why you think she made the best mother.

1. Jo

2. Amy

3. Meg

Essay Topic 2

Do you feel that Amy should have married Fred Vaughn, not Laurie? Defend your choice using what you know about all three characters.

Essay Topic 3

Foreshadowing is a powerful literary tool, which Louisa May Alcott uses often in the book. Choose one of the following three events and explain how it is foreshadowed in the chapters prior to it.

1. Jo decides not to marry Laurie.

2. Beth dies.

3. Amy and Laurie decide to marry.

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