To Be a Slave Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What was the slave's "home" called?

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

3. What is a third way early slave trades were carried out?

4. Who told the account of a man named Gabe?

5. The cotton picking season began when?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the reaction of the anonymous white man who mentions being awakened by the overseer's horn in Chapter 3.

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

4. What does Chapter 5 say about slave insurrections?

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

6. Describe what the slave coffle was.

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

8. 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?

9. After emancipation, what did many of the ex-slaves to do attempt to survive? Did this work?

10. What was the reason that the Federal Writer's Project interviewed so many blacks?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Even after emancipation, slaves were not truly freed. They had freedom but not a free life. Discuss the difference of what it means to have freedom and what it means to have a free life. How did slaves have one and not the other? Or do you think they had both or none after the Civil War ended? What was life like for slaves immediately following the war and was it something that could have been prevented or carried out differently?

Essay Topic 2

Slavery was not always present in the United States nor were the blacks the first slaves. Why did slavery begin and how did colonists eventually move to using blacks as slaves? How were the slaves captured and how did the slave trading begin?

Essay Topic 3

The process of slave trading was complicated and extremely cruel. Discuss the process of slave trading and what it entailed. How were the slave treated and why were they treated as such? Who was involved? How did the slave traders treat men? How did they treat women and children? What tricks did slave traders use and what forms of cruelty? Be sure to discuss not only how slaves were captured for trade in Africa but also the auction block and results of slave trading on the slave families and their emotions.

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