Middle Passage Test | Final Test - Hard

Charles Johnson
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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. On what date did Rutherford's father try to escape?

2. That night, the Allmuseri have a ceremony to ___________ the ship.

3. What does the captain tell Rutherford he must do, no matter what happens?

4. Wounded limbs are treated by _____________; a sore tooth is treated by _____________.

5. When Ngonyama falls ill, what does Squibb diagnose him with?

Short Essay Questions

1. Rutherford begins daydreaming about Isadora. What does he see himself doing in his daydream?

2. After Rutherford helps throw the boy's corpse overboard, he is left with a piece of the boy's rotting flesh in his hand. What feeling does this experience leave him with?

3. Why do the Allmuseri spit at visitors' feet?

4. When Rutherford first awakens after fainting while feeding the Allmuseri god, Squibb is feeding him a piece of steak that turns out to be Cringle's flesh. How did Cringle wind up as Rutherford's dinner?

5. After the ceremony the Allmuseri hold to cleanse the ship after the uprising, what does Ngonyama send Rutherford to do?

6. When another ship is sighted, what does Diamelo suggest doing about it?

7. When Ngonyama tells Rutherford that he would not harm the crew if he were master of the Republic, what reason does he give?

8. What is the attitude and behavior of Diamelo, one of the Allmuseri men who led the rebellion, towards the Americans?

9. One night, Cringle tells Rutherford about his father. How does Cringle describe his father's attitude towards money and the rich?

10. Rutherford tells Squibb about his brother and master. What reason does he give for Rev. Chandler deciding to keep him and Jackson, his brother, after Chandler inherited them from their father?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using the text as backup, compare and contrast Rutherford's and Captain Falcon's personalities, particularly their individual approaches towards honesty and ability to trust, and explain how the relationship that develops between them plays a role in the development of the novel.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Zeringue's unsuccessful attempt to blackmail Rutherford into marrying Isadora in the beginning of the novel with Rutherford's successful attempt to blackmail Zeringue into canceling his wedding to Isadora so that Rutherford can marry her, and analyze why Rutherford was successful where Zeringue was not. Use the text as evidence of your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Isadora's and Rutherford's personalities, and explain why the differences in their personalities made their attraction to each other so powerful. Back up your arguments with examples from the text.

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