Prentice Alvin 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 did Cavil start to think?

2. Why can't Horace tell his wife that Peggy is going to see someone else and not go find the slave girl?

3. What kind of talent was mostly found among seventh sons?

4. What did Alvin say that angered Horace?

5. Why did Alvin give his boots away?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was the Berry's saying that this half white child was theirs was the best bet to ensure the child's survival?

2. What decision changed little Peggy's life, and in what way did it change?

3. What was the Unmaker's tool in the land?

4. Why wasn't Peggy as dressed up as some of the other girls at the ball?

5. What kinds of things told Cavil clearly what profession his visitor occupied?

6. What monster was little Peggy running from, and how did Alvin know?

7. What sacrifice did the Black slave girl make? Why did she make this choice?

8. How did he treat his slaves following the appearance of his visitor?

9. What did Peggy notice about Mistress Modesty's heart when she was looking at Peggy?

10. What did Hank understand in regards to Alvin that he wouldn't have otherwise?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does this novel paint a dark picture of slavery and therefore of American history? Is it important to keep in mind the past? Why or why not? What is important about remembering the era of slavery in America?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the stereotypes that the Berry's reinforced in order to keep Arthur Stuart safe. How did their reputations pay a price when Arthur Stuart came about? Was this a fair trade for the security of the boy?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Alvin's behavior at Hatrack Mouth as gallant heroism, or unabashed brutality. Document your opinion either utilizing Alvin's opinion of himself while he was playing up to the river rats, or Miss Larner's behavior after he had defended her honor.

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