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 is Skiffington's future bride?

2. Who is Clara Martin?

3. How does Robbins react when he finds Philamena in Richmond after she has run away a second time?

4. To whom does patroller Travis sell a dying cow?

5. In whose crate does Rita hide in order to attempt her escape?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is Luke? How does he die?

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

4. What could Fern not break Henry of no matter how hard she worked at it?

5. What or who does Robbins buy from Broussard?

6. Why does Caldonia insist that Moses begin coming to the house to give her nightly reports on the activities of the plantation?

7. Why does Robbins continually raise his asking price for Henry Townsend's freedom?

8. What is Caldonia's twin brother, Calvin's, opinion on the slaves? Why?

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

10. Why do Robbins and Henry visit Skiffinton's jail while Broussard is imprisoned there?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss William Robbins. Who is Robbins? Why does he have so much power in Manchester County? Who is Robbins to Henry? What is their relationship like? Why is Robbins more of a mentor to Henry than his own father? Why did Robbins free Henry's father? Why did he refuse to free Henry? What does this say about their relationship? Why does Robbins eventually free Henry? How does their relationship change? How does their relationship remain the same?

Essay Topic 2

Who is Fern? Why does it never occur to Fern to pass as white? Why does Fern remain married to Ramsey? What kind of husband is Ramsey? What is Ramsey's favorite pastime? Does this make Ramsey a bad person? Is Ramsey bad to Fern? What does Fern learn from a slave about Ramsey's fidelity? How does this affect Fern's marriage? Why? How does Fern feel about being a slave owner? Why does she not feel shame at owning slaves? Should she?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Skiffington. Who is Skiffington? What is remarkable about Skiffington's religious beliefs? Why? For whom does Skiffington work before he becomes sheriff? Why does Skiffington become sheriff? What does Skiffington do different from the earlier sheriff? Does this make things better or worse? Why? What is Skiffington's opinion of slavery? Why does Skiffington become a slave owner? How does Skiffington feel about his slave?

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