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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why does Travis decide he wants the cow returned to him after he has already sold it?
(a) It begins producing milk.
(b) The new owner learns the cow is expecting a calf.
(c) It gets over the illness that should have killed it.
(d) The new owner sells it for more money than he paid for it.

2. Who is chosen to be sheriff when Patterson resigns two years later?
(a) William Robbins.
(b) John Skiffington.
(c) Henry Townsend.
(d) Counsel Skiffington.

3. Which woman does Elias develop an affection for while a slave on the Townsend Plantation?
(a) Gloria.
(b) Delphie.
(c) Celeste.
(d) Loretta.

4. Why does Stamford stop a couple of children from picking blueberries one late afternoon?
(a) So he can eat all the berries.
(b) A storm is coming.
(c) The children are sick and tired.
(d) The children might hurt themselves on the bushes.

5. How does Robbins react when he finds Philamena in Richmond after she has run away a second time?
(a) He offers her a divorce.
(b) He beats her to near death.
(c) He threatens to lock her in her room,
(d) He has her arrested.

Short Answer Questions

1. What mistake does Frazier make when he approaches this woman to discuss his latest writing project?

2. Who dies as his wife and teacher discuss the fate of two slaves whose owner has died?

3. What threat does Robbins level on Philamena when she returns from Richmond after her second attempt to run away?

4. Who are Louis and Dora?

5. What is the first job Henry has after winning his freedom from slavery?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Clara Martin suddenly become convinced that her slave, Ralph, wants to kill her?

2. What object will Tessie, Elias' daughter, ask her children and grandchildren to find for her on her death bed?

3. Who comes to Manchester County and takes a job as a deputy with the sheriff's office? Why?

4. Who is Jean Boussard accused of killing?

5. For whom does Elias carve a doll? What is significant about this doll?

6. Who does Calvin have a crush on? Why does Calvin believe this person would rebuff any suggestions of romance? Where does Calvin want to go and why?

7. What is the 'Rita-thing'?

8. Who buys Jebediah Dickinson upon learning that he is not free, but is a slave owned by a cruel pastor?

9. Who becomes sheriff after Patterson is pushed out of office?

10. How does John Skiffington get killed?

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