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. Why does Skiffington believe the runaways are dead and buried somewhere in the woods?

2. Who is Moses afraid might see him as he makes his nightly forays into the woods?

3. Who does Skiffington turn to for advice on the laws regarding freed slaves and whether than can be sold into slavery?

4. What ailment does John Skiffington suffer in the final chapters of the book?

5. What does Moses expect Caldonia to do for him now that his family is gone and he is Caldonia's lover?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the theme of blacks owning slaves. Why would a black person own slaves? What purpose did the slaves fulfill? What other options did freed slaves have other than owning slaves? Why did some freed slaves choose to own slaves? How did this give them power? How did this change their standing in the community? Were blacks allowed to buy slaves at public auctions? Why or why not? How did freed slaves obtain slaves?

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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