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Multiple Choice Questions

1. If Solomon should have been paying attention to anything that was happening while he traveled with Brown and Hamilton that may have been a clear indicator that things may not really be the way that they appeared to be, what should it have been?
(a) That there was a lot of whispering going on between Brown and Hamilton.
(b) That the duo gave Solomon a series of drinks that he did not expect.
(c) That they were not getting to the circus despite the duo's claim that they should get there quickly.
(d) That the men did not seem to mind spending extra time in Washington City despite their rush to get to the circus.

2. Why did Solomon want the old gentleman from New Orleans who was looking for a coachman to buy him?
(a) 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.
(b) Because Solomon had always dreamed of being a coachman.
(c) Because Solomon knew that a coachman got to travel a lot; and he loved to travel.
(d) Because Solomon knew that the demands made upon a coachman were a lot fewer than those made upon a slave.

3. What could be said about the type of access that Solomon and the other slaves had with respect to the yard that surrounded Williams' Slave Pen?
(a) That it was unsupervised.
(b) That it was risky.
(c) That it was restricted.
(d) That it was based on the honor system.

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

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

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

7. What did Solomon believe to be a contributing factor toward William Ford owning slaves despite the fact that he was a Christian?
(a) He bought and owned slaves to keep them from being bought and treated harshly by others.
(b) His inability to do all the work around the plantation by himself.
(c) He believed that slaves could provide cheap and reliable labor.
(d) The environment that Ford had lived in.

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

9. What was the basis of the quarrel that took place between Solomon and Burch?
(a) Whether Solomon was jealous of Burch.
(b) Whether Solomon was a free man.
(c) Whether Solomon was a hard worker.
(d) Whether Solomon was stronger than Burch.

10. What did Solomon find to be unusual during his stay at the hospital for the treatment of small pox?
(a) That the same nurse tended to him during his entire stay.
(b) That there were no doctors in the building.
(c) That coffins were being built behind the hospital.
(d) That he was never given any medicine.

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

12. How was Solomon able to get directions to Ford's Plantation after his run through the Great Pacoudrie Swamp?
(a) By following the direction of the sun.
(b) By studying the directions of the roads nearby.
(c) By looking at a map that he had with him.
(d) By acting as though he had business to handle there.

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

14. Why was Solomon confident that everything would be fine at home if he left town with Merrill Brown and Abram Hamilton?
(a) Because he trusted his wife, Anne to handle things while he was gone. She had done it before.
(b) Because he did not expect to be gone for very long.
(c) Because all of his family members were engaged in routine activities.
(d) Because the children did not need a babysitter; and his wife, Anne was too busy to notice his absence.

15. Why did Solomon trust Merrill Brown and Abram Hamilton when he first met them?
(a) They recognized his violin-playing potential.
(b) They offered him an opportunity to earn high wages.
(c) They were violin music composers.
(d) They gave him the impression that they had his best interest in mind.

Short Answer Questions

1. Aside from providing Solomon with favorable notoriety around Bayou Bœuf, his raft-building for Ford also provided him with which of the following?

2. What was the purpose of having Jacob Brooks accompany Eliza to get her freedom papers?

3. If William Ford was a wealthy plantation owner, how did he manage to get into financial trouble?

4. How did Solomon describe the interaction among Eliza, Randall, and Emily at the time that they first saw each other?

5. What was the likely reason that Tibeats went off and returned with a couple of men following his fight with Solomon?

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