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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How many children did Ajarry give birth to?
(a) Five.
(b) Six.
(c) Two.
(d) Three.

2. For how long does the narrator say the station master and his wife have been married in "North Carolina"?
(a) 19 years.
(b) 22 years.
(c) 12 years.
(d) 35 years.

3. What ward of the dormitory is relegated to those with "nervous disorders" in "South Carolina"?
(a) Number 60.
(b) Number 20.
(c) Number 13.
(d) Number 40.

4. What is the name of the station master's wife in "North Carolina"?
(a) Ethel.
(b) Sarah.
(c) Mary.
(d) Christina.

5. Who acted as the pallbearers at Old Randall's funeral?
(a) The house slaves.
(b) Old Randall's sons.
(c) Old Randall's brothers.
(d) The field slaves.

Short Answer Questions

1. How long ago does the reward poster in the opening of "South Carolina" say the slave girl ran away?

2. What is the date of the wanted notice that opens "North Carolina"?

3. Who is described as the head of the kitchen workers in "Georgia"?

4. How far did Big Anthony make it from the Randall plantation before he was discovered?

5. What is the name of the "negro girl" who is described in the notice that opens "North Carolina"?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the "Underground Railroad" itself presented in the novel?

2. What led to Cora becoming a "stray"? What does this term mean in the narrative?

3. Who is Bessie and how is she described in "South Carolina"?

4. How did Arnold Ridgeway come into his profession?

5. What is Ajarry's relationship with the protagonist? How is her character described in the novel?

6. What happens when Cora goes to the train station in the end of "South Carolina"?

7. How are Cora and Caesar greeted when they arrive in South Carolina?

8. How is Cora's experience at the new hospital in South Carolina described?

9. Who were the two white people that prepared Caesar to run? How did they prepare him?

10. How does Cora come to feel about her mother as the novel progresses?

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