Split Cherry Tree by Jesse Stuart

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What is Dave's conflict in "The Split Cherry Tree"? 

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Dave's conflict is with his father. After Professor Herbert punishes the boys who have split the cherry tree in Eif Crabtree's orchard, Dave is worried about how he will explain what has happened to his Pa.

When Professor Herbert has the boys pay for the tree that has been damaged, Dave does not have the money, so he asks his teacher to just whip him with a switch and let him go home early so he can do his chores on the farm. But, Professor Herbert tells Dave that he is too big to whip. As explanation, Dave replies that his father "makes us mind until we are twenty-one years...

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