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

2. A rumor is circulating that Mrs. March wants to arrange a match between Laurie and who?

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

4. When Mr. and Mrs. March find out that Mr. Brooke wants to court Meg, they say what?

5. The March girls' names are Meg, Beth, Amy, and what?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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.

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Do you feel that Louisa May Alcott made the right choice by not having Jo and Laurie marry at the end of the book? Use examples from interactions between Jo and Laurie, as well as between Jo and Professor Bhaer, to back up your opinion.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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