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Multiple Choice Questions

1. How did the slaves treat Solomon after his ordeal with Tibeats was over?
(a) With disinterest.
(b) With curiosity.
(c) With kindness.
(d) With jealousy.

2. Why did Chapin send for Ford when he was the overseer of Ford's Plantation?
(a) Because he was afraid of Tibeats.
(b) Because he knew that Ford was likely to have the Sheriff present when dealing with Tibeats.
(c) Because he knew that Tibeats would not attack Ford.
(d) Because he felt that Ford had the final word on any dispute with Tibeats.

3. Who was likely to be behind the idea of Jacob Brooks taking Eliza to get her freedom papers?
(a) Eliza.
(b) Elisha Berry.
(c) Jacob Brooks.
(d) Mrs. Berry and her daughter.

4. Based on the description that Solomon wrote, what did his room at Williams' Pen Slave Pen resemble?
(a) A prison cell.
(b) A hide-out.
(c) A warehouse.
(d) A shed.

5. 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) Causing invisible pigs to squeal.
(b) Frying pancakes in a hat.
(c) Ventriloquism.
(d) Legerdemain.

6. How were Solomon and the other slaves treated around Goodin's Pen in Richmond, Virginia?
(a) They were treated with limited time and attention.
(b) They were treated like valued friends.
(c) They were treated with the utmost dignity and respect.
(d) They were treated like merchandise.

7. In one word, how could William Ford's overseer, Chapin be described?
(a) Strict.
(b) Fair.
(c) Lenient.
(d) Unfair.

8. Why was it important to Chapin to keep a dog on the property of the great house where he and Solomon stayed?
(a) To play with his grandchildren.
(b) To alert them about thieves.
(c) To alert them about intruders.
(d) To take with them in case they decided to go on a hunting trip.

9. How could Solomon best be described as he argued with Burch right before his beating?
(a) He was unyielding.
(b) He was remorseful.
(c) He was aggressive.
(d) He was committed.

10. 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.

11. 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 other slaves had escaped from that yard.
(c) He learned that some of the slaves were planning to escape.
(d) He learned the background of the other slaves.

12. Why was Jacob Brooks willing to accompany Eliza to get her freedom papers?
(a) Because he wanted to help Mrs. Berry and her daughter carry out their revenge against Eliza.
(b) Because he was a gentleman and did not mind accompanying Eliza.
(c) Because he wanted to impress Mrs. Berry and her daughter.
(d) Because he knew his way around the City, and could help Eliza find the place where freedom papers were issued with ease.

13. What became a problem with the letter that Solomon had Englishman John Manning mail?
(a) John Manning never mailed the letter.
(b) Solomon did not provide information concerning his location within it.
(c) Solomon directed the letter to an official who was not authorized to help him regain his freedom.
(d) John Manning decided to deliver the letter in person and never reached New York.

14. How did Burch react when Solomon first met him and told him that he was feeling sick?
(a) He sent for a doctor immediately.
(b) He did not react. He continued to go about his business.
(c) He was sympathetic and offered Solomon his help.
(d) He suggested that Solomon stay in bed until he felt better.

15. For the most part, how did Solomon consider his life as a slave for William Ford to be?
(a) Interesting.
(b) Uneventful.
(c) Pleasant.
(d) Unpleasant.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why was Clemens Ray upset as he headed south aboard the Orleans?

2. What type of impression did Eliza give Solomon when she arrived in Williams' Slave Pen?

3. How were Solomon and Arthur (the slave who boards the Orleans in Norfolk) fundamentally alike?

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

5. What type of reputation did Solomon maintain while living in Saratoga Springs?

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