To Be a Slave Test | Final Test - Hard

Julius Lester
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following is NOT something the slaves did when they heard of their freedom?

2. What was one thing a "share" consisted of?

3. Slavery was abolished but what was the new term for the new treatment of blacks?

4. Who was the leader of the white terrorist group?

5. Who shared the story of being unable to believe that freedom had come upon the slaves?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The concept of family is something that is very important to most people. How did family play a role in the lives of slaves? Were they allowed to have one? Oftentimes slave owners separated families by selling them. Discuss the emotions felt by the slaves during these moments and how the slave owners and traders treated the slaves when separating them from their family members. How would the slave traders and owners feel if it were their children that were the ones being sold away? Many times the slave owners fathered children by their slave women. How did they treat their half-black children? Did they treat them as their son or daughter or as a slave? How did this treatment affect the children? Discuss the story of Powhatan Mitchell and what it signifies. How was Mitchell unique?

Essay Topic 2

Sorrow was a major emotion felt by the slaves. Describe what sorrow is and what made the slaves feel this way. Did they always feel sorrow? Why or why not? What did they do in attempts to overcome or mask their sadness?

Essay Topic 3

Most slaves craved freedom. Many thought death was better than the life they lived. The book mentions many accounts in which slaves mention that they would rather die than be re-captured into slavery or that they would rather their babies die free than be born into slavery. Discuss the reasons why a slave would think this way and whether it is the right way to think. Is death really the only option if freedom is unavailable?

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