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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which of the following were not one of the people who would administer a whipping to a slave?
(a) The slave owner's wife.
(b) The overseer.
(c) The slave owner.
(d) The slave owner's child.

2. What was Franklin and Armfield?
(a) The largest slave-breeding plantation.
(b) The largest slave-freeing group.
(c) The largest slave-trading firm.
(d) The largest slave-buying firm.

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

4. The job of a slaver trader was to sell the slave to the _____________.
(a) Kindest master.
(b) Highest bidder.
(c) Most respected bidder.
(d) Cruelest master.

5. The cotton picking season began when?
(a) Latter part of June.
(b) Beginning of September.
(c) Latter part of July.
(d) Latter part of August.

6. How was slavery in the United States different than slavery in other countries?
(a) Slavery in the United States was far more cruel and culture-destroying than the others.
(b) Slavery in the United States allowed some slaves to be set free.
(c) Slavery in the United States was far more lenient in the way slaves were treated.
(d) Slavery in the United States did not allow slaves to have families.

7. Why did the emotional scenes during slave trades occur?
(a) Slave families were being split apart.
(b) Slaves didn't agree with the price they were being sold for.
(c) Slaves did not want to part from their original masters.
(d) Slave families rejoiced at being bought together.

8. How was Frank Cooper and his sister given a taste of slavery?
(a) They had to work like a slave in the kitchens.
(b) They had to call Mammy "Master".
(c) They were made to work on the fields for an entire day without food or drink.
(d) They felt the harsh crack of the whip upon their backs from Mammy.

9. Who said, "Judge Miller! Don't you bid for me, 'cause if you do, I would not live on your plantation. I will take a knife and cut my own throat from ear to ear before I would be owned by you."?
(a) Eliza.
(b) Delicia Patterson.
(c) Alice Johnson.
(d) Annonymous.

10. What was the main lesson that Byrl Anderson learned from his Master?
(a) Work hard to earn a well-rewarding job.
(b) To always love your brother honestly.
(c) To always treat women respectfully.
(d) To never call him nor any other white man Master because all men, both black and white, are equal.

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

12. What was it about the African civilizations that made it easier for colonists to use the Africans more easily?
(a) African civilizations were highly developed with economic and political institutions, not unlike the American's own growing economy.
(b) The African civilizations were different which made the American way more inticing.
(c) The African civilization was uncouth and therefore it was easier to teach them how to be a slave.
(d) African civilizations encouraged traveling overseas.

13. How did Frank Cooper realize his Mammy used to be a slave?
(a) He saw the old scars on her back.
(b) He found her freedom papers.
(c) He saw the cuts on her legs.
(d) He saw how rough her hands were.

14. What percentage of the South owned no slaves?
(a) 25%.
(b) 75%.
(c) 50%.
(d) 60%.

15. What was one cause of death of the Africans aboard the slave ship?
(a) Murder.
(b) Suffocation.
(c) Starvation.
(d) Drowning.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who said the following: "We never heard our names scarcely at all. First young man I went with wanted to know my initials! What did I know 'bout initials?"

2. What was one principal item for which slaves were traded for?

3. What was the typical work hours for a slave who worked in the field?

4. In Chapter 2, who was free man who was captured and put into slavery?

5. How much time did the slaves typically get for a break?

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