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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. In Part One, Nat tells Gray that the Lord told him to confess so that "all nations will know." What was the other reason the Lord gave Nat for confessing?
(a) That the pure shall know repentance.
(b) That thy life shall be spared.
(c) That thy truth shall be known.
(d) That thy acts will be known to all men.

2. What is the nickname T. R. Gray gives to Nat in the "To the Public" section of the book?
(a) Powerful Slave.
(b) Great Bandit.
(c) Insane Instigator.
(d) Black Bandit.

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

4. How does Gray say the "band" resisted when the white people finally caught up to them?
(a) Desperately.
(b) Feverishly.
(c) With great force.
(d) Feebly.

5. On what date was Nat captured?
(a) October 30, 1831.
(b) November 1, 1831.
(c) October 29, 1831.
(d) October 31, 1831.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where is Nat found to be hiding?

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

3. What does Nat remember during Gray's speech to the court?

4. Southampton is located in what state?

5. Which Biblical prophet did Nat feel "spoke" to him most clearly about the rebellion?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Judge Cobb first appears in the book, Nat describes his face as "blighted, ravaged by sorrow." When considering his eventual killing spree, Nat decides to spare Cobb. Why might he have done that?

2. Near the middle of Part 1, Nat says that treating blacks badly will make them "your for life", but treat him nice, and "he will want to slice your throat." What does Nat mean by that?

3. Nat tells Gray in the Introduction, "I don't think you understand about this business and I don't know but whether it's too late to make it all plain". If Gray took down what Nat said and is reading it back to him, why would Nat think Gray didn't understand?

4. In Part 1, Nat gets very angry at Hark and chastises him for being so subservient to the whites. But Hark is a slave. Hark is doing what the whites expect, and being well treated because of it. Was Nat justified in what he did? Why or why not?

5. In Part 1, when Nat is cleaning rabbits with Hark and Jeremiah Cobb stops to talk after getting a drink, Nat becomes nervous when he feels Cobb's question needs an answer. Nat doesn't want to give away a hint of what he's planning, but there's something else that pulls him in two directions when he considers whether to answer Cobb or not. Describe why Nat is so worried.

6. By the middle of Part 1, readers have met four white people: Gray, Kitchen, Miss Maria Pope, and Jeremiah Cobb. None of them are described positively. Why might that be? Since the book is supposedly written from Nat's point of view, why might he only describe white people (to this point in the book) in negative terms?

7. In the introduction, Gray refers to the insurrection as a "conspiracy." Do you agree with that term? Why or why not?

8. What do readers know about Gray from the Introduction? What is implied, or what can be inferred from what Gray says? From this information, what kind of person might Gray be?

9. In Part 1, Nat says "a white man's discomfiture, observed on the sly, has always been a Negro's richest delight." Is this true? If so, why? If not, why would Nat think such a thing? Either way, what does that quote suggest about Nat?

10. Gray says that all the other insurgents who were examined tried to exculpate themselves. What does that mean? And why Nat didn't do it?

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