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. What was the name of the white terrorist group formed at the end of the Civil War?

2. What was the main purpose of the white terrorist group that had formed at the end of the Civil War?

3. What did the overseers term the slaves' acts of ignorance?

4. How many whites were killed in the slave insurrection mentioned in Chapter 5?

5. What was another problem slaves faced after they were freed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There is no doubt that even today, people tend to flock towards others who are similar to themselves. Oftentimes, we find companionship and a sense of camaraderie amongst people who share the same background and ethnicity as ourselves. When Africans were brought to America to be slaves, the blacks supported one another and tried to help one another if they could. They understood and sympathized with the other blacks. Having said this, there were still those blacks who were considered traitors to their own kind. What were some of the betrayals that Julius Lester discusses in his novel? Discuss these stories. Why drove these slaves to side with the whites when the blacks were clearly being wronged? Be sure to include the story of Lev Cheney and discuss house-servants. What was the purpose of house-servants and how does it tie-in with this discussion?

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

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?

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