The Known World Test | Final Test - Hard

Edward P. Jones
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What unique problem does the arrest of Jebediah present for Sheriff Skiffington?

2. How many free blacks do the slave traders sell along their journey south?

3. Why does Skiffington fight his lust for this other woman in his life?

4. At whose home does Skiffington come to believe Moses is hiding out?

5. Who is named overseer in the wake of Moses' disappearance?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Elias. Why did Elias want to run away when Henry Townsend first bought him? What caused him to settle down? Who did Elias marry and how did she influence his behavior? Did her influence continue as Elias grew older? Why was Elisa made overseer of the plantation? Was this a good choice? Was it hypocritical of Elias to accept the position after her fought so hard to be free? Why did Elias' wife disagree with his decision to become overseer?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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