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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. What is the first group of people that the colonists tried out as slaves?
(a) Whites.
(b) Indians.
(c) Chinese.
(d) Africans.

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

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

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

5. What was the reason for the months that slave traders chose to have slave coffles?
(a) It was the time that plantation work was the lightest and new slaves could adjust.
(b) It was the time that slave owners preferred to work.
(c) It was the time plantation work was the heaviest so slave owners needed new hardworking slaves.
(d) The weather made it easier to hold auctions.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is true about slaves and their living on plantations?

2. Slave traders chained slaves together in a line in what was called a _________________.

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

4. What was Franklin and Armfield?

5. Why did the emotional scenes during slave trades occur?

Short Essay Questions

1. How effective was the Emancipation Proclamation once it was issued in 1863?

2. Why did the colonists turn to blacks as a means of manual labor?

3. Even though Lincoln's original goal was not to free the slaves through the Civil War, why did so many slaves join the Union army?

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

5. In the Epilogue, what are Thomas Hall's views about the whites towards blacks?

6. Describe what it means to be thrown "in a buck."

7. What kept the slaves working in the fields day in and day out?

8. In the Epilogue, why does Thomas Hall state that he does not like Lincoln?

9. Why did ex-slaves change their names after Emancipation? Was it a valid reason?

10. Briefly discuss the treatment of Ben Simpson mother by their master in Chapter 2.

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