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. Who is upset about the idea that Meg might marry Mr. Brooke?

2. Mr. and Mrs. Brooke have their first argument about what silly thing?

3. What happens during Mr. and Mrs. Brooke's dinner?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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.

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

5. When Laurie says that Jo will be the next to wed, how does Jo react and how does Laurie view her attitude?

6. Describe the ups and downs of Jo's writing experiences in chapter twenty-four.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jo's tomboyish attitude is key to the book. Cite examples of how this attitude is displayed with relation to how Jo interacts with Laurie. How do their interactions with each other support Jo's independent attitude?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Meg's attitude early on in the book is, perhaps, the best representation of the attitude of typical girls of the time. Do you agree with how much value she placed on what was proper and what other people might think of her? Why or why not?

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