Elijah of Buxton Test | Final 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. What are Elijah and his father doing in the beginning of chapter 11?

2. What does Elijah learn has happened to the postman in Chatham in chapter 13?

3. How many times does Elijah realize they must ring the Liberty Bell with the arrival of a new family in chapter 12?

4. How many slaves does Elijah discover chained in the stable with the preacher?

5. When does Mr. Leroy promise Elijah he will be back home?

Short Essay Questions

1. For what reason does Mr. Leroy want to go to Michigan? Why does he want to take Elijah?

2. Who grabs Elijah as he is making his way to the meeting in chapter 18? For what reason?

3. What is significant about Emma Collins?

4. Whom do the Duncan sisters believe Mrs. Taylor is? For what reason?

5. What is a haint? What does Elijah see in chapter 21 that he believes is a haint?

6. To where did Elijah's mother travel with her white master as a child when she was a slave?

7. Why do Cooter and Elijah rush to the schoolhouse in chapter 12?

8. What does Elijah tell Mr. Leroy about the preacher in chapter 16 that later leaves him feeling guilty and afraid for his life in chapter 17?

9. Who are the Taylors? Why have they come to Buxton?

10. What is among the supplies Elijah collects in chapter 19 for his trip to Michigan to help Mr. Leroy recover his money?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why do many of the parents in Buxton not know how to read or write? What do they plan to do about it? Why do the children of Buxton attend school? What is significant about this accomplishment for these children? Does their education have special meaning for their parents? For what reason?

Essay Topic 2

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

1) Point of view

2) Structure

3) Language

Essay Topic 3

Who is Mrs. Holton? What sets her apart from the others in Buxton? Who works for Mrs. Holton? Why does he say he does not mind working for Mrs. Holton even though he is doing similar work to what he did as a slave? For what is Mrs. Holton saving her money? Why does she eventually give this money to someone else? How does this act show the compassion among the former slaves in contrast to the cruelty shown by white slave holders?

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