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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What did Solomon learn while spending time in the yard outside Williams' Slave Pen?
(a) He learned that there were other slave pens nearby.
(b) He learned that some of the slaves were planning to escape.
(c) He learned the background of the other slaves.
(d) He learned that other slaves had escaped from that yard.

2. How could the purchase of Solomon, Eliza, and Harry from Freeman be viewed?
(a) As an unlucky one for Solomon and Eliza only.
(b) As a lucky one for Harry and Solomon only.
(c) As a lucky one for all of them.
(d) As an unlucky one for all of them.

3. Why did Lawson take off in such high speed to find William Ford upon Chapin's request?
(a) He wanted to beat the last speed record he set while running his mule into town.
(b) He wanted to show just how fast he could make his mule run.
(c) He wanted to impress Mr. Chapin.
(d) He really wanted to get Solomon some help.

4. Why did Solomon want the old gentleman from New Orleans who was looking for a coachman to buy him?
(a) Because Solomon had always dreamed of being a coachman.
(b) Because Solomon knew that a coachman got to travel a lot; and he loved to travel.
(c) Because Solomon knew that the demands made upon a coachman were a lot fewer than those made upon a slave.
(d) Because Solomon knew that it would not be difficult to hop on a steamer in New Orleans and head back to his life of freedom in New York.

5. How did Freeman's customers view the idea of buying slaves from the same family?
(a) They viewed it as a great idea that could keep a slave family together.
(b) They do not view the idea at all--they were simply there to make a slave purchase.
(c) They did not like the idea at all.
(d) They tried to make slave family-type purchases, because they could get two slaves for the price of one.

6. What type of impression did Eliza give Solomon when she arrived in Williams' Slave Pen?
(a) The impression that she had lived above the level of a slave.
(b) The impression that she was familiar with Williams' Slave Pen.
(c) The impression that she had been a slave all of her life.
(d) The impression that she fetl out of place.

7. How did Solomon feel about his father?
(a) Solomon did not know his father, so he did not have any feelings for him.
(b) Solomon had a lot of love and respect for his father.
(c) Solomon loved his father, but had little if any respect for him.
(d) Solomon respected his father, but did not love him.

8. Was there anything peculiar about Merrill Brown's or Abram Hamilton's behavior when the two men and Solomon were in Albany?
(a) Brown and Hamilton became anxious to get to the circus.
(b) Brown and Hamilton were not as friendly to Solomon as they had been before.
(c) Solomon noticed that Brown and Hamilton were whispering to one another most of the time.
(d) Brown and Hamilton began talking about leaving the circus.

9. Shortly after buying them, how did William Ford show Solomon and the other slaves that he was compassionate toward them?
(a) He allowed them to eat hearty meals in his mansion on a regular basis.
(b) He had a doctor examine the slaves regularly to make sure that their health was in good order.
(c) He allowed the slaves to stop and rest frequently as they recuperate from small pox.
(d) He provided the slaves with frequent passes so that they could visit their relatives who lived close by.

10. Why did Tibeats not attack Ford when Ford confronted him about his mistreatment of Solomon?
(a) Because he knew that he would get in trouble with Chapin.
(b) Because he was planning to attack Ford at a later time.
(c) Because Tibeats respected Ford as a man.
(d) Because Ford was a lot older than him and he did not fight older men.

11. What was an important factor to the slaves at the time that they were sold?
(a) That feuding slave family members be sold to different dealers.
(b) That they be sold for the highest price possible.
(c) That their physical strengths be accurately given to the buyers.
(d) That slave family members be sold and kept together.

12. Which of the entertainment-type acts that Merrill Brown and Abram Hamilton specialized in could account for their ability to persuade Solomon to travel with them based on a promise of high wages that unexpectedly took a turn and thrust him into the clutches of slavery instead?
(a) Frying pancakes in a hat.
(b) Causing invisible pigs to squeal.
(c) Ventriloquism.
(d) Legerdemain.

13. What was the likely reason that Tibeats went off and returned with a couple of men following his fight with Solomon?
(a) He was not sure that he could handle a fight against Solomon by himself.
(b) Tibeats had a problem with his right shoulder.
(c) Tibeats had paid them to help him fight Solomon.
(d) The men were known to be available at any time that Tibeats needed them.

14. Realistically, what did Solomon's owner, John M. Tibeats consider him to be?
(a) Beneath him, but stronger than him.
(b) Weaker than him, but above him in status.
(c) Beneath him and weaker than him.
(d) Above him and stronger than him.

15. In one phrase, describe how Solomon perceived William Ford to be of value to him.
(a) As a refuge.
(b) As an example.
(c) As a teacher.
(d) As a provider.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did Author Solomon Northrup write Twelve Years a Slave?

2. Why was Solomon confident that everything would be fine at home if he left town with Merrill Brown and Abram Hamilton?

3. Overall, how was Solomon likely to feel about John Tibeats?

4. What one element stood out when Tibeats set about to punish Solomon?

5. How did Solomon view his carpentry work under Myers?

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