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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. What does Nat compare his life as a slave child to?
(a) Calf.
(b) Yearling mule.
(c) Colt.
(d) Trained monkey.

2. What did Marse Samuel propose to Nat when they rode together to Jerusalem?
(a) That Marse Samuel would find a wife for Nat.
(b) That Marse Samuel would put Nat in charge of the mill.
(c) That Marse Samuel would eventually free Nat.
(d) That Marse Samuel would send Nat to secondary school.

3. Who almost discovers Nat reading right after he steals the book?
(a) Nat's master.
(b) Nat's mother.
(c) Kitchen.
(d) Abraham.

4. Nat convinces some of his followers to join him by telling them of a "black" conqueror. About whom did Nat speak?
(a) Alexander the Great.
(b) Tamerlane.
(c) Napoleon Bonaparte.
(d) The Duke of Wellington.

5. Where does Nat hide the stolen book immediately after taking it?
(a) Beneath some hay in the stables.
(b) Under a loose plank in the smokehouse floor.
(c) Under his mattress on the floor.
(d) Beneath the house.

Short Answer Questions

1. Nat sees something on the way back from Jerusalem that has a big effect on him. What is it?

2. What does Nat do for the first time the Saturday he and Hark are at market?

3. Who does Nat befriend in the carpentry shop?

4. Nat remembers a visitor to the Turner household when he was about twelve. What does Nat remember the visitor describing?

5. What did Marse Samuel state he couldn't advocate freeing saves without?

Short Essay Questions

1. After Nathaniel Francis forces Will and Sam to fight, Nat feels called to preach for the first time. Why do you think that was the event that brought Nat out in public as a preacher? Quote at least one reason from the book.

2. After Nat spells the word columbine, he lies awake that night thinking about it. He says it's a dream filled with 'inchoate promise'. What does he mean by that? How can one word be a promise?

3. In Part 2, when Nat baptizes Willis, he feels he's on the brink of great things, that great possibilities in his life are opening up. Yet soon after, his life changes as the slaves and eventually the plantation, including him, are sold. Is it possible that this had an effect on Nat's eventual decision to kill the whites? Why?

4. The story of Hark's escape and eventual return takes up a large section of Part 3. Why might Styron have devoted so much time to this story? What was he trying to show? What do readers learn from Nat's telling of the story?

5. Much of Part 2 is taken up with items from Nat's past. Why was so much of the book spent on the early times in Nat's life, rather than on his planning for the rebellion?

6. Why might Part 3 be titled "Study War"? Is it appropriate?

7. In Part 2, Nat talks about Samuel Turner's tampering with a slave's destiny by educating him. Immediately afterward, he talks about what his life might have been like if he had not been the subject of Marse Samuel's "experiment." What do you think of this description of his might-have-been life? Is it something that appeals to him?

8. After Nat's fast in Part 3, he said there were two events that helped him interpret his vision of the fighting angels as a mandate to kill whites. What were those two events?

9. In Part 2, Nat tells of Little Morning spying on him as a jealous response to the realization that Nat could read. This is the first time Nat tells of a negative reaction to his reading and learning. Why might Little Morning have reacted like this?

10. One of the slaves chained by the drover tells Nat that he's "just like him." Do you think this is true? Why or why not?

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