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 main purpose of the white terrorist group that had formed at the end of the Civil War?

2. What was one thing slave owners feared?

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

4. During the late 18th and 19th centuries, what was a second way slaves escaped from slavery?

5. Why did some slave owners move to Texas?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

There is a very long narrative about a slave named Paul in the novel. Give a brief summary about the story. Why is it included in the novel? Discuss what Paul symbolizes. What happens to Paul in the end? Discuss the reason for Paul's decision for his own life and how the narrator of Paul's story feels about it. Do you agree with Paul's decision? Why or why not? The narrator notes the iron collar around Paul's neck. What does it symbolize? The narrator also notes the three bells. What do they symbolize?

Essay Topic 3

Many people blame the national government for many problems. In the case of slavery, what role should government have played? Should they have intervened years before and if they had, what might have resulted? When the Civil War started, it was not because of slavery. Was this, too, a fault of the government for not making the issue of slavery a primary concern? How did it eventually become a primary concern? And after the war ended, what plans did the government have for the end of slavery, if any? How did President Abraham Lincoln handle things?

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