The Underground Railroad (novel) Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Colson Whitehead
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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. Who is the dormitory supervisor where Cora lives in "South Carolina"?

2. What procedure does the doctor at the new hospital suggest to Cora in "South Carolina"?

3. Where did Ridgeway travel to in order to retreive the slave named Betsy in "Ridgeway"?

4. Where does Cora learn the residents of Number 40 have been taken when they disappear in "South Carolina"?

5. Where was Ajarry's first husband sold to a sugar plantation?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Arnold Ridgeway come into his profession?

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

3. Describe the setting of the Hob. Who lives in this location?

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

5. What does Cora find when she arrives at the next station in "North Carolina"?

6. Why does Sam suggest that Cora and Caesar need to get back on the train going north in "South Carolina"?

7. Who is Mr. Lumbly and how is his home described?

8. How does Cora manage to reach Sam when she learns she is close to being caught in "South Carolina"? What does Sam tell her?

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

10. Why does the author introduce certain chapters in the novel with "Reward" postings?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss the plot structure of The Underground Railroad. Where in the narrative are the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and denouement? How traditionally structured would you consider the plot to be? Does the plot progress in a linear format or a nonlinear format?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and discuss the character of Royal in The Underground Railroad. How does Cora come to know Royal? How would you describe their relationship? What happens to Royal in the story?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the portrayal of the Underground Railroad in the novel. Why do you think the author has chosen to present the Underground Railroad as a literal railroad? How does this presentation alter history? How is the railroad accessed by the escaping slaves?

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