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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. After Nat says his final prayer before beginning the insurrection, what does he do?
(a) Sets fire to his tabernacle.
(b) Hides some weapons in the woods.
(c) Slaughters a pig as an offering to the Lord.
(d) Decides to fast until the day the uprising begins.

2. In Part 2, what does Nat say is the most futile thing a man can do?
(a) Try to run away.
(b) Ponder the alternatives.
(c) Wish to be free.
(d) Learn to read.

3. What book did Nat steal from the Turner library?
(a) His master's Bible.
(b) The Life and Death of Mr. Badman.
(c) A book of maps of the northern states.
(d) The plantation's record book.

4. What type of hinges are on the privy door?
(a) Steel.
(b) Rubber.
(c) Leather.
(d) Wood.

5. What does Nat say happened in 1825?
(a) A cold summer.
(b) A drought.
(c) A swarm of locusts.
(d) A flood.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who were the two oldest of Nat's "inmost four"?

2. What were Marse Samuel's "grander plans" for Nat?

3. What was the companion book to the one Nat stole?

4. What does the traveling salesman ask Nat to spell?

5. In Part 3, how many Negroes did Gray say there were in Southampton County?

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. 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?

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. 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?

5. Miss Nell calls Nat "you smart little tar baby" in Part 1. Please explain what is meant by that name, and how it compares to what a white child would be called for the same reason.

6. In Part 2, Nat describes two events: "one causing me the bitterest anguish, the other premonitions of joy." What were these two events, and why might they have been told together?

7. In Part 3 when Nat goes on his five-day fast, he begs the Lord to give him a sign and believed the Lord answered his request. What does Nat describe as being the answer to his request of the Lord?

8. When Nat talks with Mrs. Whitehead in Part 3 after tracing the map, she alternately praises him and treats him as property, stating that she'd offered one thousand dollars for him. How did that make Nat feel?

9. 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?

10. After Nat describes his ideas about his grandmother, he switches to describing what he knows about his father--mainly that he ran away, and, at least in Nat's mind, is free now. How does Nat's description of his grandmother differ from his description of his father?

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