The Confessions of Nat Turner Quiz | Eight Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Introduction.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Gray say he published the Confessions?
(a) In order to set the record straight.
(b) For the gratification of public curiosity.
(c) To include them in his memoirs.
(d) For punishment of the guilty.

2. What does Gray state that Nat's confessions demonstrate about the laws?
(a) How they help locate runaway slaves.
(b) How they protect the white slaveholders.
(c) How they restrain the slaves.
(d) How they are unfair to the slaves.

3. What does Gray say was the "only principle of restraint" for the band of slaves?
(a) Apprehension for their personal safety.
(b) Fear of being caught.
(c) Worry that the alarm would be raised too soon.
(d) Fear of taking too much time, impeding their escape to the north.

4. According to Gray's "Introduction" people in the Southampton area were __________.:
(a) "Harbored sinister suspicions" regarding future uprisings.
(b) "Greatly excited" about the uprising.
(c) "Afraid for their lives" from the slaves.
(d) "Very worried" about the insurrection.

5. What reason does Gray give in his introduction for publishing Nat's confessions?
(a) To pay off his debts.
(b) To write an abolitionist tract.
(c) For the gratification of public curiosity.
(d) To create a record for posterity.

Short Answer Questions

1. Nat's mind "finally" became what, according to Gray?

2. What does Gray refer to the insurgent slaves as?

3. Who gives T. R. Gray permission to talk to Nat in jail?

4. What weapon does Nat carry?

5. Turner says he submits Nat's "own account of the conspiracy" to the public ____________.

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