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. How many stories does Jo tell Laurie she's submitted for publication?

2. Meg and Jo are invited to a New Year's party where?

3. What happens to Jo's dress that causes her to be extra shy at the party?

4. Jo tells her aunts that she is against what?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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 financial and social status affect Jo in chapter five when she sees Laurie again?

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

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

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

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

9. How is the idea that leisure doesn't pay neatly illustrated by Marmee for all of the girls in chapter eleven?

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

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

Essay Topic 2

Compare Jo's thoughts of and interactions with Laurie to her thoughts of and interactions with Professor Bhaer throughout the book. How do her attitudes toward each, as the book progresses, illustrate her aging and maturing?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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