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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. Nat settles on which day of the week to begin his insurrection?
(a) Sunday.
(b) Saturday .
(c) Monday.
(d) Friday.

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

3. Nat took four slaves to be hired out to Vaughan's for two weeks. When Nat met the men at the trace, what happened?
(a) Nat took the slaves to the revival instead.
(b) Nat felt the presence of the Lord.
(c) The Vaughans didn't need them and sent them back.
(d) The slaves were sold.

4. In Part 3, how many Negroes did Gray say there were in Southampton County?
(a) 7,000.
(b) 9,000.
(c) 8,000.
(d) 6,000.

5. Nat sees something on the way back from Jerusalem that has a big effect on him. What is it?
(a) Marse Samuel buying a slave.
(b) A slave being sold at auction.
(c) Marse Samuel selling a slave.
(d) A line of chained slaves being taken to Georgia.

Short Answer Questions

1. How many steps are in Nat's plan to kill the white people?

2. Moore's farm is next to whose?

3. What year did Nat's grandmother die?

4. Benjamin said that saves were as unteachable as a what?

5. What happens at Persons' millpond after Nat had been teaching Bible class for a while?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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.

3. Nat's vision in Part 3 involves a white angel and a black angel fighting. The black angel wins, casting the white angel down. When Nat questions this vision, he says he received no answer at all "save the answer in my brain." What did he interpret this vision as, and why?

4. 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?

5. When Nat imagines his grandmother's thoughts as a captured Coromantee slave girl, he describes Marse Samuel's smile as looking to her like "fiendish smirk." Why would he would describe the kindest master he had in this way?

6. In Part 1, Marse Samuel speaks to Dr. Ballard about the existence of slavery in the South. He says "it is evil to keep these people in bondage, yet they cannot be freed. They must be educated!" Samuel's brother Benjamin does not agree with him and argues the other point. Who makes the better argument?

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. 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?

9. 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?

10. 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?

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