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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. If a slave did not have the correct weigh-in amount, what was the consequence?
(a) No food for a week.
(b) All clothing taken away.
(c) Lashes.
(d) Being thrown in a buck.

2. The slave homes of this former President was a notable exception to the norm in terms of the condition of the homes:
(a) Thomas Jefferson.
(b) George Washington.
(c) John Adams.
(d) James Madison.

3. What exactly happened at the occasion of a young slave woman named Eliza?
(a) Eliza was bought by some free blacks and then freed herself.
(b) Eliza was bought by the master who owned her family.
(c) Eliza was bought and freed by a man from New York.
(d) Eliza was bought by a kind master.

4. In Chapter 2, who was free man who was captured and put into slavery?
(a) Charles Ball.
(b) Ben Simpson.
(c) Solomon Northup.
(d) Lorenzo Ivy.

5. What was a second principal item for which slaves were traded for?
(a) Horses.
(b) Several pounds of corn.
(c) Domesticated dogs.
(d) Yards of cotton.

6. What event set off a large amount of slave selling?
(a) The nomination of Abraham Lincoln as President.
(b) The death of many slaves due to the unconditionally hot weather in the summer.
(c) The election of Abraham Lincoln as President.
(d) The death of many slave owners due to the plague.

7. What item was used to discipline slaves?
(a) A gun.
(b) A whip.
(c) A leather thong.
(d) A pitchfork.

8. What did the slaves call the slave owner's house?
(a) Master's Row.
(b) Master's House.
(c) The House.
(d) The Big House.

9. What is another way early slave trades were carried out?
(a) Slave traders asked the Africans to visit their ship then captured them.
(b) The slave traders lied to the Africans, telling them they would be indentured servants instead of slaves.
(c) Slave traders started fights with Africans, making bets that if the Africans lost, they would have to become slaves.
(d) The slave traders made pacts with African tribal chiefs to trade slaves for goods.

10. What was the typical work hours for a slave who worked in the field?
(a) Sunrise to midnight.
(b) Sunrise to sunset.
(c) Mid-morning to midnight.
(d) Sunrise to nighttime.

11. Which of the following is NOT a reason a slave owner might sell a slave?
(a) To free himself of a personal or business debt.
(b) Slave-breeding.
(c) Unmanageable slaves.
(d) He wanted to try buying new slaves.

12. What is the name of the early nineteenth century slave who heard stories of Africa from his grandfather and later wrote an autobiography?
(a) Charles Ball.
(b) Charlie Bale.
(c) Charles Bale.
(d) Charlie Ball.

13. What was the advantage to a slave for being sold in an auction that took place in his area?
(a) He knew he could run away before being bought.
(b) He knew he would not be sold again after this time.
(c) He knew the people who bid on him.
(d) He knew he would go to someone better than his current master.

14. This former President furnished his slave homes in the more typical fashion:
(a) John Adams.
(b) George Washington.
(c) James Madison.
(d) Thomas Jefferson.

15. What was the slave's "home" called?
(a) Slave Rooms.
(b) Slave Huts.
(c) Slave Row.
(d) Slave Housing.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the weigh-in time?

2. Who describes being thrown in a buck and whipped?

3. Where did some of the most emotional scenes of slave trading take place?

4. What is the first group of people that the colonists tried out as slaves?

5. How was Frank Cooper and his sister given a taste of slavery?

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