Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 runaway slave was arrested and going to trial on April 27, 1860, according to the author in Chapter 21: “With the Union Army”?

2. Harriet told the fugitives about William and Ellen Craft escaping from where in Chapter 15: “Go On or Die”?

3. What place did Harriet tell her father about in Canada in Chapter 17: “Moses Arrives with Six Passengers”?

4. Who said in Chapter 18: “A Wagon Load of Bricks,” “I’ll wade no freezin’ water for no crazy woman”?

5. Harriet Tubman was present when who was inaugurated as Governor of Massachusetts in January of 1861?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where did Harriet take the fleeing fugitive slaves she accompanied in Chapter 19: “The Old Folks Go North”? How did she travel?

2. When was John Brown hanged? What is noted about his execution in the author’s historical note in Chapter 20: “The Lecture Platform”?

3. What was the first obstacle that Harriet met on her journey North with refugees in Chapter 14: “The Railroad Runs to Canada”?

4. Who was Harriet going to rescue in Chapter 19: “The Old Folks Go North”? How did she disguise herself?

5. What rumors does the author describe of the figure called “Moses” in Chapter 14: “The Railroad Runs to Canada”?

6. What happened to Jacob Jackson’s letter in Chapter 16: “Be Ready to Step on Board”? How did he respond to the situation?

7. What did Harriet discover when she arrived at John Tubman’s cabin in Chapter 12: “Freedom’s Clothes”?

8. What letter of Reverend Theodore Parker’s is described in the author’s historical note at the end of Chapter 12: “Freedom’s Clothes”?

9. What causes did Harriet Tubman work toward in her later life, according to the author in Chapter 22: “The Last Years”?

10. What speech of Abraham Lincoln’s is described in the author’s historical note at the end of Chapter 21: “With the Union Army”?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Narrative Structure

a. Discuss the narrative structure of Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad. Is the narrative told in first, second, or third person? In present or past tense? Why do you think the author chose this narrative style?

b. How authentic do you think Petry’s biography is to the truth of Harriet Tubman’s actions, objectives, and character? Upon what information and facts did Ann Petry base her story? How much conjecture do you think is included in the book?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the history of child slavery within the United States. In the 17th century, Virginia, followed by other southern colonies, enacted law establishing that children of slave mothers were born into slavery. How were children of slaves dealt with prior to this? What percentages of slaves in the 1800s were children?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Harriet’s “sleeping seizures” and their impact on her actions and objectives following her recovery. How did her condition affect her ability to work on the plantation? How did the overseers treat Harriet? How did these seizures impact the other slaves?

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