Twelve Years a Slave Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Freeman's customers tend to keep in mind as they shopped around his pen?

2. In general, how did Solomon view slave owner William Ford's position with regard to his views on religion and slavery?

3. Which adjective pair best described Solomon, his brother, and father?

4. For the most part, how did Solomon consider his life as a slave for William Ford to be?

5. How were Solomon and the other slaves treated around Goodin's Pen in Richmond, Virginia?

Short Essay Questions

1. As Chapter 2 ends, and Chapter 3 begins, how did Solomon discover that he was being held in slavery?

2. In Chapter 2 of the book, how did Merrill Brown and Abram Hamilton persuade Solomon to travel to New York with them?

3. In Chapter 10 of the story, why did Solomon fear for his life during his trek through the Great Pacoudrie Swamp?

4. In Chapter 6 of the book, how did slave dealer Theoplilus Freeman treat the slaves whom he owned?

5. In the opening Chapter of the book, what did Solomon Northrup acknowledge as a contributing factor in his decision to write his book?

6. In Chapter 7 of the book, how could Solomon's new master, William Ford be characterized?

7. What was Solomon's first impression of Eliza in Chapter 3 of the book?

8. How did Solomon improve his life in Chapter 1 of the book?

9. In Chapter 7 of the book, what set William Ford apart from the way that other slave owners treated their slaves?

10. In Chapter 6 of the book, who suffered during the sale conducted at Freeman's Pen?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Based on his overall handling of the feud between Solomon and his master, John M. Tibeats, it could be said that Mr. Chapin, who oversaw William Ford’s plantation was a fair and honorable man.

Detail how Mr. Chapin earned the labeling of being fair and honorable. Did he do anything in relation to William Ford to earn that labeling? Specifically, what did he do in relation to the feud between Solomon and John M. Tibeats to gain a fair and honorable status? Did Mr. Chapin do anything or fail to do anything in relation to Ford, Solomon, or Tibeats that might have brought his status into question? If yes, please detail.

Essay Topic 2

From time to time, Solomon planned to escape from the clutches of slavery, and sought out ways to carry it out in a physical sense. Even with the help of others, none of the ways that Solomon encountered resulted in placing a physical escape within his reach. Within his reach however, was Solomon’s violin, that provided other avenues of escape for him as a human being. Select an instance in the book in which Solomon reached for his violin for escape from his misery, and discuss how such escape type(s) were carried out, the duration of such type escape(s), and their overall effectiveness in helping Solomon feel better.

Essay Topic 3

Instead of treating them with the dignity and respect that human beings deserved, the slave dealers in the book treated the slaves whom they intended to sell at various slave pens, quite similar to the way that ordinary shopkeepers treated the merchandise that they intended to sell in their stores.

What were some of the similarities that the slave dealers shared with shopkeepers as they prepared to conduct their respective sales? Were there any similarities between the slave dealers and shopkeepers as they conducted their respective sales? If there were, please describe them. How did the slaves feel about themselves in relation to the sales-related actions that the slave dealers would take as they went about conducting their business?

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