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. How old is Alvin at this point in the story?

2. What was the first thing Alvin said without anger?

3. What did Alvin think when he 'saw' the fresh corpse beneath the soil?

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

5. What did the lowest kind of creature do?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Cavil do that he felt was godly and righteous?

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

3. Why does Cavil perceive his visitor as an overseer?

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

5. How did Hank feel about Alvin?

6. Who was it that stopped Alvin from being overcome by the Unmaker?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Alvin's initial fear that Arthur Stuart wasn't accepted in Vigor Church. Why was this a major concern of Alvin's? What was it that Alvin wanted for young Arthur Stuart, and why couldn't he just continue to follow Alvin?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the newer forms of technology that are talked about in the novel for the era that the novel was set. What are some of the newer ideas, concepts, and things that are discussed when the reader takes into account that the novel was set in the early 1800s?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the portrayal of slavery in this book. How has slavery become a tender topic of American history? What are some of the main human rights violations that occur while a slave is indentured to his or her master?

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