19 The Dog Star

galluses – suspenders

  1. In what sense is Little Tree’s first interview with the Reverend ironic?
  2. What sentences in this chapter indicate that the wind and the trees are aware of Little Tree’s presence in the orphanage?
  3. Briefly describe Wilburn. How does Wilburn feel about being in the orphanage?
  4. Why is Little Tree beaten? In what ways do the lessons Little Tree learns from his grand- parents contribute to the severity of his beating?
  5. What is unusual about the Christmas tree?