The Known World Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Edward P. Jones
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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. Who are Louis and Dora?

2. What does Rita hide under inside this crate in order to escape?

3. With whom does Skiffington side when the feud over Travis' cow gets out of hand?

4. What does Caldonia order Moses to do in the future in regard to decisions about the slaves?

5. Who are Henry's favorite authors?

Short Essay Questions

1. Before Henry is freed, who does he go with Robbins to Richmond to track down and return to Manchester County?

2. Where does Skiffington want to move and what does he plan to do with Minerva once they arrive?

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

4. Who dies in Chapter 1?

5. 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?

6. Why does Stamford get into a fight with his cabin mate? What is the result of this fight?

7. After Henry is freed, who teaches him the value of money and helps him make money with his bootmaking skills?

8. Who is Luke? How does he die?

9. Where is Henry buried?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following themes from the novel:

1) Friendship

2) Slavery

3) Freed Slaves Owning Slaves

4) Extramarital Affairs

Essay Topic 2

Discuss one of the following, citing references from the book:

1) Religious morality versus extramarital affairs.

2) The morality of the slaves versus the morality of the slave owners.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss one of the following, citing references from the book:

1) Caldonia has the choice to free or continue owning her slaves. Which does she choose and why?

2) Caldonia's mother stresses that slaves are a legacy. Discuss this opinion.

3) Calvin, Caldonia's twin brother, wants to free the slaves. Discuss why and how his opinion impacts his actions throughout the novel

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