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 Caldonia order Moses to do in the future in regard to decisions about the slaves?

2. Who was to perform the funeral service for Henry Townsend?

3. Where do Augustus and Mildred stay when they are visiting their son's plantation?

4. What does Robbins want to see happen to help support the sheriff's actions?

5. Why do people believe Alice wanders at night?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the 'Rita-thing'?

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

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

4. As Skiffington begins to investigate the disappearance of Moses' family and Alice, what does he begin to suspect?

5. What or who does Robbins buy from Broussard?

6. Who was Henry Townsend's first slave?

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

8. Why does Moses force his way into Caldonia's house? What does he demand to know?

9. What promise does Caldonia make to the slaves after her husband's death?

10. What injury results in the amputation of Jebediah's foot? How does Fern respond to this operation?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss morality. What is morality? Are moral issues black and white? Should people own slaves? Should only whites own slaves? Should only black own slaves? Does it make more sense, morally, for a black to own a slave? Why or why not? Should slaves supervise and punish one another? Why or why not?

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 the treatment of slaves in this novel. Who treated the slaves worse, the white plantation owners, the white lawmen, the black slave owners, or the slave overseers? What are the differences between the various treatment of the slaves? Who thought they treated the slaves better? Did they? Why or why not? Is it possible to treat a slave kindly? Should slaves have been freed by their black owners? Is it more morally corrupt for a freed slave to own a slave than a white man who has always been free? Why or why not?

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