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. What does Henry do with the gift his parents bring him every Sunday during their visits?

2. Why are the slave patrols formed?

3. Who is Clara Martin?

4. Who digs Henry's grave before the funeral service?

5. What does Stamford believe is his fate?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why do landowners, such as Robbins, become unhappy with Patterson's reign as sheriff in Manchester County?

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

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

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

6. Why does Stamford pick blueberries for a couple of children he sees going out to pick berries in a storm?

7. Why does Fern disagree with the idea that blacks owning slaves is like owning your own family?

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

9. Where is Henry buried?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Moses. Who is Moses? Why does Moses resent his owner? How is this reflected in Moses' behavior? When Moses is made overseer, how does he treat the other slaves? Why? Why does Moses make Celeste work in the fields even though she is sick and tired with her pregnancy? What is the result? How does Moses feel about this?

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