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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. What do the slaves on Townsend Plantation fear most when they hear of the death of Henry Townsend?
(a) They will be forced to continue working for the plantation.
(b) They will be freed and forced to leave Virginia.
(c) They will be sold to less kind slave owners.
(d) They will be sold and separated from their loved ones.

2. Who is exempt from the Act of 1806 because of the generosity of local whites?
(a) Mildred.
(b) Henry.
(c) Moses.
(d) Augustus.

3. What is the first gift Elias ever whittled and who was it for?
(a) A carriage for Clement.
(b) A comb for Celeste.
(c) A doll for Tessie.
(d) A horse for Luke.

4. What does Augustus show these people that are later destroyed by one of these men?
(a) A passport.
(b) A pass from the Townsend plantation.
(c) Freedom papers.
(d) An ID badge.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who are Henry's favorite authors?

2. What fear causes Clara to call Skiffington to her home?

3. Where does Henry request he be buried?

4. Why does Loretta suggest fieldwork be suspended in the aftermath of Henry Townsend's death?

5. Who does Henry attempt to choke during a disagreement over dinner at Fern's one Sunday night?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Jean Boussard accused of killing?

2. What is Maude Newman's opinion as to what her widowed daughter, Caldonia, should do with her slaves?

3. What gift are John Skiffington and his wife, Winifred, given at their wedding?

4. What is the 'Rita-thing'?

5. Who was Henry Townsend's first slave?

6. Why does Calvin not shake the slaves' hands and what does he wish to do with his own slaves?

7. What punishment did Henry demand for Elias after he attempted to run away? Why?

8. What is significant about the subjects Anderson Frazier writes about?

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

10. What is significant about the fact that Henry Townsend owns slaves?

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