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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. What is described in Chapter 3: “Six Years Old” as “the star that stayed constant, not rising in the east and setting in the west as other stars appeared to do”?
(a) Betelgeuse.
(b) The North Star.
(c) Rigel.
(d) The Southern Cross.

2. What was the name of Miss Susan’s visiting sister in Chapter 5: “Flight”?
(a) Miss Emily.
(b) Miss Daisy.
(c) Miss Johanna.
(d) Miss Rebecca.

3. Harriet Tubman was approximately how tall?
(a) 6 feet 1 inch.
(b) 5 feet 3 inches.
(c) 5 feet.
(d) 5 feet 8 inches.

4. What was the chief crop on the Eastern shore at the time when Harriet was hired out in Chapter 4: “Hired Out”?
(a) Potatoes.
(b) Tobacco.
(c) Apples.
(d) Spinach.

5. What did the overseer throw at the runaway slave but instead hit Harriet with it in Chapter 7: “Shuck this Corn”?
(a) A two-pound weight.
(b) A log.
(c) A hatchet.
(d) A rock.

Short Answer Questions

1. For how long did Harriet stay with her first job as a cook in Philadelphia in Chapter 11: “Stranger in a Strange Land”?

2. Denmark Vesey bought his freedom when he was how old, according to the narrator in Chapter 2: “The First Years”?

3. In what year was Harriet Ross married to John Tubman?

4. Where did Denmark Vesey and his followers plan to kill all of the white people, according to the narrator in Chapter 2: “The First Years”?

5. What year was it when Harriet Ross began to make a patchwork quilt in Chapter 9: “The Patchwork Quilt”?

Short Essay Questions

1. What principle job did Harriet have while she was hired out at the Cook home in Chapter 4: “Hired Out”? How did Harriet feel about the work?

2. To whom was Harriet hired out in Chapter 8: “Minta Becomes Harriet”? What were her job duties at this home?

3. What led to Harriet’s first return trip to Maryland in Chapter 11: “Stranger in a Strange Land”?

4. Who was Harriet hired out to after Old Rit had nursed her back to health in Chapter 5: “Flight”? How does the author describe Harriet’s treatment at this home?

5. How does the author describe the Christmas season in Chapter 3: “Six Years Old”? What were Harriet’s thoughts on this holiday?

6. What gifts and/or items did Harriet exchange with the white woman she first met with after fleeing the Brodas plantation in Chapter 10: “A Glory Over Everything”?

7. What does “manumission” refer to? How did manumission give hope to the slaves on the plantations during Harriet’s childhood?

8. How did Harriet respond to the death of Edward Brodas in Chapter 8: “Minta Becomes Harriet”? Why did she respond in this way?

9. What does the term “hired out” mean? When and where was Harriet first hired out from the Brodas plantation?

10. What does the author’s historical note at the end of Chapter 9: “The Patchwork Quilt” describe?

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