Nightjohn 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 description best describes the relationship between Sarny and John in the novel?

2. Sarny compares the sound of "the north" to listening to what sounds in Chapter 4?

3. What does Sarny say the master did when Alice was unwilling in the breeding shed in Chapter 4?

4. How did Jim die after he attempted escape?

5. What color does Sarny describe Waller's dogs as in Chapter 4?

Short Essay Questions

1. What leads up to Alice being being whipped by Waller in Chapter 4? How is her whipping described?

2. How is Alice described in the beginning of Chapter 4? What is Sarny's relationship like with Alice?

3. What is foreshadowed in Chapter 6? What does the reader expect to happen based on John's actions?

4. How does Sarny describe the circumstances of the slaves in the beginning of Chapter 5?

5. How was Pawley's disappearance discovered by Waller, according to Sarny in Chapter 4? Why was Pawley off the plantation?

6. How does Master Waller punish Mammy in Chapter 5? How do the other slaves respond to the abuse?

7. What instructions does Mammy give to Sarny while she's at the spring house in Chapter 5?

8. What is foreshadowed by Alice's treatment and abuse from Waller in Chapter 4?

9. What is the significance of Master Waller's public displays of punishment for the slaves in the novel?

10. Sarny describes two slaves that she has heard of that ran away from Waller's plantation in Chapter 4. What story is related of Jim's attempted escape?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the setting of Waller’s plantation. About how many slaves do you imagine living on the plantation? What kinds of crops does Waller produce? Where on the plantation do the slaves live? What are their living quarters like? How is Waller’s home described?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the rights, roles, and expectations of women in the 18th and 19th century American South. Examine the responsibilities and roles that a figure such as Margaret Waller would play in her household and plantation. How many “house-slaves” might a family like the Wallers have? What would have been the main contribution of the slave-master’s wife? How did these roles differ for slave women?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the theme of education in Nightjohn. What is the importance and/or the danger of reading for the slaves, according to John? Historically, how accurate is John’s perception? Does the author present a favorable view of education? Why or why not?

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