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. On what slave ship was Ajarry taken from her homeland?

2. Who invited Stevens to begin grave-robbing with him?

3. Who acted as the pallbearers at Old Randall's funeral?

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

5. Who is the boy that Cora received a beating for protecting from Terrance?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the implications of James Randall's death?

2. What does Ajarry's garden plot mean to Cora?

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

4. What is revealed of Dr. Stevens's secret nighttime activities in "Stevens"?

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

6. How does Cora manage to escape the train station in the beginning of "North Carolina"?

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

8. What led to the beating that Cora received from Terrance?

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

10. Who is Martin Wells and how is his character described?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss the setting of the Randall plantation. How many slaves work on the plantation? How are the circumstances of the slaves on the plantation illustrated? How do the circumstances on the plantation change after the death of Old Randall and James Randall?

Essay Topic 2

Analyze and discuss the character of Fiona in The Underground Railroad. Where does Fiona work? What does she do? How do Fiona's actions impact the plot of the novel?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the author's use of irony in The Underground Railroad. What are examples of verbal irony used in the novel? What are examples of dramatic and situational irony? What purpose do these examples serve to the story?

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