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. Harriet seeks out her mother's friend, _______________, to talk to about her situation.

2. What color is the leather on the book given to Harriet by her owner?

3. Who is Harriet's owner?

4. To whom does Harriet address her first letter?

5. In August of 1831, there is a ___________________ uprising.

Short Essay Questions

1. What prevents Harriet from marrying R?

2. What is Harriet's fate after the death of Margaret Horniblow?

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

4. What arrangements does Dr. Norcom devise in attempts to make Harriet have sex with him?

5. Why does Harriet not talk to her Gran about Dr. Norcom's advances?

6. At the time that Harriet meets R, who else is taking an uncomfortable interest in Harriet?

7. Who is R, and where does Harriet meet him?

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

9. Who does Gran tell Harriet to talk to about her troubles with Dr. Norcom, and what is this person's suggestion for Harriet?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the role of black women in the American South in the mid-19th century. What precedents did these women feel compelled to follow? What restrictions did they have? How did their lives compare to black women living in the North during the same time period?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Create a brief character study of Louisa. What did she look like? What were her positive personality traits? What were her dreams and fears? What was most valuable to her in her world?

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