A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration Test | Mid-Book Test - Medium

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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Slaves working within kin groups or ______ did not escape punishment, but were better able to maintain and secure the gains they did make.
(a) Collectives.
(b) Cooperatives.
(c) Plantations.
(d) Work gangs.

2. This book is about how African Americans became involved in a(n) ____________ struggle.
(a) Marital.
(b) Ethnic.
(c) Civil.
(d) Political.

3. Due to the increase in slave ___________, a structure of kinship relationships and practices developed.
(a) Employment.
(b) Resistance.
(c) Attacks.
(d) Population.

4. The most prominent example of black self-management was at ____________, the plantations owned by President Jefferson Davis.
(a) Black Bend.
(b) Jefferson Village.
(c) Davis Bend.
(d) Mount Davis.

5. Congress voted for a stronger ________ law in order to help slave owners hold onto their slaves.
(a) Bounty hunter.
(b) Slave punishment.
(c) Fugitive slave.
(d) Freed slave.

Short Answer Questions

1. Slaves in the South began to gain ________ for themselves as well as looser standards.

2. Freed blacks marched past the homes of former prominent ___________ officials and through public squares.

3. _________ was another way that slaves earned goods and money and increased their leverage.

4. Mobility, craft skills, and literacy were all crucial components in the creation of political __________.

5. Military district commanders worked to educate and protect ______________, who did not understand the process or feared consequences.

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the two main ideas which Hahn's book seeks to suggest?

2. By the mid nineteenth century, how did the slaves of the South begin to change the slave-master relationship?

3. What is so special about the rural areas in which the African Americans lived during the time period of this book?

4. Who was included in the processions of freed black slaves as they marched through town?

5. What did the slaveholders begin to do in order to entice their slaves to stay on the farms to work?

6. What was viewed as the best way to guarantee the freedom of the slaves?

7. What did slaves believe was imminent because of the election of a certain president?

8. To where did some of the free people want to immigrate in order to return to their home countries?

9. What kind of account did Hahn come across, helping to inspire him to become interested in African American politics?

10. What is the African American David Medlock help to organize in Texas?

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