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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 3, Nat compares the slave traders to what?
(a) Ants.
(b) Buzzards.
(c) Weasels.
(d) Scorpions.

2. 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) Marse Samuel selling a slave.
(c) A line of chained slaves being taken to Georgia.
(d) A slave being sold at auction.

3. What was Hark best-known for at the Travis farm?
(a) Being "strong as an ox".
(b) Being able to read.
(c) Getting married.
(d) Running away.

4. Nat remembers a visitor to the Turner household when he was about twelve. What does Nat remember the visitor describing?
(a) Summer.
(b) Fall.
(c) Spring.
(d) Winter.

5. Nat's mother considers the household servants to be what?
(a) Too smart for their own good.
(b) Uppity.
(c) Hopeless.
(d) Quality.

Short Answer Questions

1. After dinner, what does Miss Nell do?

2. What does Nat compare his life as a slave child to?

3. Who was Nat's owner when Nat was about twelve?

4. As Nat approaches the age of thirty, what does he notice about the area in which he lives?

5. 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?

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 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?

3. 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?

4. Early in Part 2, the traveling salesman asks Nat to spell a word. This is the second time in the book that a spelling request has frightened Nat. What are some of the reasons Nat gives for his terror?

5. In Part 3, when Nat is owned by Thomas Moore, he says that he fell into the kind of save work that he had believed before could "not ever become my lot, not in a thousand lifetimes." Yet now it had become his lot. How did Nat react to that? How does this turning point relate to his earlier childhood and education, as well as his eventual killing spree?

6. 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?

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

10. 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?

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