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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. Mrs. March tells Jo that she is concerned about what?
2. Who returns home, in chapter thirty-eight?
3. When does Beth finally die?
4. What news do Laurie and Amy give everyone?
5. What occasion does Laurie visit Amy for?
Short Essay Questions
1. Contrast Professor Bhaer with Laurie. What could possibly draw Jo to one over the other?
2. Describe the significance of Christmas to Jo and the professor in chapter twenty-nine
3. How does Laurie and Amy's Christmas spent together in France affect the major plot line of Jo's relationship with Laurie?
4. What is Jo's reaction, in chapter thirty-seven, after Beth's death?
5. How, in chapter thirty-four, does Amy help Laurie to see himself for who he is and who he used to be and change accordingly?
6. Describe why Amy, rather than Jo, is selected to go abroad with Aunt Carrol, and how Jo feels about the decision.
7. What secret does Beth reveal to Jo at the seashore and what does it say about Beth's mental state?
8. How does Jo react to the news that Laurie and Amy are engaged.
9. How does Alcott show, through Jo's progression in the book, that women can have many roles in life?
10. How does Mrs. March's sixtieth birthday celebration, in the final chapter, mirror the Christmas festivities in the first chapter of the book?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Jo is the central character in the story. Her choices are essential to the plot. Choose one of the following scenarios and describe how you think the story might have ended up had Jo made that choice. Use elements from the existing plot to back up your assumptions.
1. Jo marries Laurie.
2. Jo never marries anyone.
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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