Elijah of Buxton Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Christopher Paul Curtis
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which type of animal does Elijah claim he prefers to ride in chapter 3?

2. What lesson was the class in the middle of in chapter 4 when the children were escorted home in small groups?

3. Where do many of the people of Buxton take their meals, as explained in chapter 5?

4. What languages does Elijah claim to be able to speak in chapter 10?

5. How many bears did Elijah picture in the woods around Buxton due to his father's strict warnings about the area?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Frederick Douglass?

2. What does Elijah imagine as he catches horseflies in the stable?

3. Why does Elijah begin to use a derogatory word in chapter 7? How does Mr. Leroy react?

4. Why was MaWee replaced by a local white child in Madame Sabbar's act?

5. Why does Elijah divide his secret pond into two parts? What does he do there?

6. What is important about the settlement of Buxton?

7. Who does Elijah trade for a cherry pie? What does he trade?

8. To whom does the preacher introduce Elijah to? For what purpose?

9. For what reason are the children sent home early from school at the beginning of chapter 4?

10. What does Elijah use as bait to catch his fish?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following themes in an essay, using quotes to support your conclusions:

1) Slavery

2) Freedom

3) Family

4) Compassion

Essay Topic 2

Who is the preacher? Why does Elijah not trust him? What does the preacher think is a Jesus given gift in Elijah? Why does the preacher talk Elijah into sneaking out of his house to go to the carnival? Why does the preacher want to sell Elijah to the owner of the carnival? Why does the preacher later volunteer to arrange the purchase of Mr. Leroy's family? What does he really do? Why does Elijah go after the preacher to recover Mr. Leroy's money? Does he?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the preacher to the white slave holder who informs Mrs. Holton of her husband's death. In this comparison list the cruelties each has committed and how they compare to one another, how they impact the people of Buxton and others, and the ways in which they are different. Discuss as well reasons why the author might have felt the need to offers these two representations of such cruelties.

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