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. What secret does Laurie tell Jo?

2. Laurie tells Jo that one of his college friends is smitten with whom?

3. Laurie plays a prank in order to do what?

4. What is the last name of the family that the girls give their Christmas breakfast to?

5. What does each girl find under her pillow one Christmas morning?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe some of the ways the girls keep busy in chapter four, now that the Christmas holidays have ended.

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

3. Describe how both Amy and Jo are used to teach a lesson about anger and revenge in chapter eight.

4. 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.

5. 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?

6. What are the girls' feelings toward the role of women in society, and how do they show these feelings in chapter ten?

7. 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?

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

9. How do we gain insight into Amy's personality when she goes to stay with Aunt March?

10. How is the Christmas celebration in chapter nineteen different from Christmas a year before?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

In part I of the book, the girls have to make sacrifices due to the War. Explain the family hardships that go on, both financial and personal, and how the girls overcome them.

Essay Topic 3

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

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