Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Test | Mid-Book 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. Who must Linda wait for to help her return to her den after she meets Mr. Sands?

2. Why doesn't Linda tell her family about her hiding place?

3. How does Mr. Sands feel about William's work ethic?

4. What news does Linda grace Dr. Flint with on the day she is to move into her new house?

5. What is the author's alias used in the story?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Linda pained to know that her child is Dr. Flint's slave?

2. What happens to Benjamin when he tries to escape from slavery?

3. Why is New Year's Day a horrific day for most slaves?

4. Describe in detail who comes to tend to Aunt Marthy when she is very ill.

5. How does Linda try to reinforce Dr. Flint's belief that she has escaped to the Northern states?

6. Describe in detail how Linda is bitten by a venomous snake.

7. Why is this book an important piece of American literature?

8. Describe Mr. Sands' feelings toward William.

9. How does Mrs. Flint react when Linda tells her of Dr. Flint's advances?

10. How do Linda's motivations toward warding off Dr. Flint's advances change after she has children?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the first several chapters of the text, Linda describes several of Dr. Flint's unwanted advances and she explains that she longs to remain pure and virtuous. In later chapters, Linda is still trying to avoid Dr. Flint's advances. Using examples from the text, explain why Dr. Flint's sexual advances eventually produce a change in Linda, causing her to go from protecting herself to protecting her children.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the story, Linda wanted to buy her freedom from the Flint family, but at the end Linda was upset when Mrs. Bruce bought Linda her freedom. What events in Linda's life cause her to change her opinion? Can human beings really belong to someone else?

Essay Topic 3

In the story, Jacobs provides a sequence of events from her life. Using details from the text, supply 10-20 events from Jacobs' life in sequential order.

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