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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. Whose account is an example of a joyous occasion seen at the auction block?
(a) Doc Daniel Dowdy.
(b) Lou Smith.
(c) Prince Bee.
(d) Jenny Proctor.

2. Who describes being thrown in a buck and whipped?
(a) Ida Hutchinson.
(b) Henry Johnson.
(c) Ella Wilson.
(d) West Turner.

3. What happened to the children who were captured with their mothers and brought aboard the slave ship?
(a) They were separated from their mothers and kept in another location.
(b) They were separated from their mothers and thrown overboard into the water.
(c) They were taken aboard another ship meant only for slave children.
(d) They were strangled in front of their mothers' eyes as a lesson in obedience.

4. How much time did the slaves typically get for a break?
(a) 20 - 30 minutes.
(b) 15 - 20 minutes.
(c) 1 hour.
(d) 10 - 15 minutes.

5. What was Henry Johnson's account about slavery?
(a) His grandmother whipped him to show him what being a slave felt like.
(b) He was thrown in a buck and whipped.
(c) He and other slaves were forced by their master to steal cattle from other slave owners.
(d) He was a driver who was lenient with the whip.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What item was used to discipline slaves?

3. Who said the following: "They whipped my father 'cause he looked at a slave they killed and cried."

4. Which was the highest slave-breeding state?

5. What was 'Ol Gabe known for?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to the author in Chapter 1, how were slaves typically depicted? Was this the reality? If not, what was?

2. What was the story of Blackshear and what was the significance?

3. From Chapter 2, discuss the story of Eliza and why it is an uncommon one.

4. Discuss the reasons why Indians and whites did not work out for the colonists for manual labor purposes.

5. According to Chapter 3, what were the conditions of the slave homes that belonged to George Washington?

6. What were some of the reasons that slave owners would sell their slaves?

7. Who is Mr. Wilson described by Ball in the Prologue and what is his story?

8. What were some ways in which the slaves learned to resist the brainwashing and dehumanizing tactics of the slave owners?

9. How were the slaves usually clothed for working out in the fields?

10. What story did Frank Cooper tell and what was its importance?

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