Letters from a Slave Girl: The Story of Harriet Jacobs 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. What do the white people find when they search Gran's house?

2. To whom does Harriet address her first letter?

3. In January of 1833, Harriet writes to R. that local people have died of which disease?

4. Gran was given her freedom in Missus Elizabeth's will but does not leave because ______________________.

5. What was Harriet's mother's name?

Short Essay Questions

1. Which of Harriet's relatives are owned by Margaret's mother, Elizabeth, and what happens to them when Elizabeth dies?

2. What prevents Harriet from marrying R?

3. What impact does the slave uprising have on Edenton?

4. What makes life at the Norcom house a little easier to bear for Harriet?

5. Why is Harriet's second child christened in the white church instead of the black church?

6. What does Harriet name her baby boy, and why does she move out of the Norcom house?

7. What is found in Gran's house during the slave uprising, and when does the uprising calm down?

8. What does Harriet hope will happen by becoming Samuel Sawyer's lover, and what actually happens when she becomes pregnant?

9. What does Harriet hope that her mother's childhood relationship with Margaret will mean for Harriet herself?

10. How does Molly Horniblow thwart Dr. Norcom's plans to buy her, and who eventually buys Molly and and Mark?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are several events of foreshadowing in "Letters From a Slave Girl". Define foreshadowing. Cite at least two situations in the story that serve as foreshadowing.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the significance of the book's title. What does the author mean by calling it simply "Letters From a Slave Girl"? What is she trying to emphasize with this emphatic style? Suggest three alternate titles for this book with supporting rationale for each.

Essay Topic 3

Describe Samuel Sawyer. What is his role in the story? What was the author trying to accomplish by developing Samuel Sawyer's character in the novel?

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