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

2. Who tries to take over the insurrection from Nat?
(a) Nelson.
(b) Sam.
(c) Will.
(d) Hark.

3. Who does Nat befriend in the carpentry shop?
(a) Lucas.
(b) Nathaniel.
(c) Goat.
(d) Willis.

4. What does Nat see as a good omen right before he returns to the farm from his "sanctuary" after revealing his plans to his core group of followers?
(a) A king snake sunning itself nearby.
(b) A new slave joins the group.
(c) He finds an old sword in the woods.
(d) The call of an eagle from a nearby tree.

5. According to a preacher that Nat heard, he that increaseth knowledge increaseth ________.
(a) Education.
(b) Happiness.
(c) Religion.
(d) Sorrow.

Short Answer Questions

1. After dinner, what does Miss Nell do?

2. What type of hinges are on the privy door?

3. Nat orders that his recruits do what when he arrives?

4. From which room did Nat steal a book?

5. Why do Marse Sam and the traveling salesman go out to the veranda?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. 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?

3. When Nat preaches in town in Part 3, he does not use proper English. Why do you think he does that?

4. 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?

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. 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.

7. 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?

8. 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?

9. Nat equates Isham to John the Baptist. Nat speaks of a warning after the incident with Isham. Is this related?

10. 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?

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