Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl 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 city is the first stop on Linda's trip to England?

2. Who does Mr. Bruce want Linda to accompany to England?

3. What is Ellen's response to Linda's confession before Ellen returns to New York for boarding school?

4. How does Mrs. Bruce react to the news that Linda confesses to her?

5. Who does Linda meet soon after she arrives at her first destination in the North?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Amy Post write the appendix for Linda?

2. Why doesn't Mrs. Hobbs want to give Ellen to Linda?

3. Using details from the text, describe the plan Peter has for Linda's escape.

4. Why is the brief letter written by George Lowther included in the appendix? How does it differ from Mrs. Post's and Mrs. Child's statements?

5. Why is Linda asked to accompany Mary Bruce on her trip to England?

6. Why is Linda skeptical of Mrs. Bruce buying her from Emily Dodge?

7. What are some of the hardships Aunt Nancy has to endure while being a slave in the Flint household?

8. After avoiding Mr. Thorpe on several occasions, Mr. Thorpe insists that he and Linda meet. What does Mr. Thorpe tell Linda during this meeting?

9. Using the text to support your answer, describe some of the ways Linda is discriminated against in Chapter 35 when she goes on vacation with the Bruces.

10. Why does Linda distrust the boat captain?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Linda Brent chooses to run away from her Master/Mistress. Is this decision selfish? How does Jacobs' choice affect her family and her children? Is it fair to her children for Linda to hide from them for nearly seven years? Use details from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

In the Introduction and Appendix, friends of Harriet Jacobs wrote statements confirming that all the events in the story were true and accurate. Why does Jacobs need this affirmation? Why don't people of Jacobs' era believe that the text is an autobiography?

Essay Topic 3

In the text, Linda describes the atrocities of slave life. Using examples from the text, describe how slavery tore apart families and gave the slaves very little control over the people they loved and cared for.

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