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

2. To thank Mr. Laurence for being so kind, Beth makes him what?

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

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

5. The March's receive a telegram saying what?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Jo react to Mr. Brooke taking an interest in Meg?

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

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

4. How does Alcott illustrate that "pride goes before a fall" and that popularity is not necessarily a good thing in chapter seven, using Amy as an example.

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

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

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

9. 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.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Mr. Laurence and his grandson, Laurie, are the March girls' neighbors throughout the book. Choose one of the three sisters below and explain how she gets along with Laurie throughout the book.

1. Amy

2. Beth

3. Meg

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