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. In one phrase, describe how Solomon perceived William Ford to be of value to him.

2. Why did William Ford feel obligated to settle his brother's debt?

3. How could Solomon best be described as he argued with Burch right before his beating?

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

5. How did Solomon feel about the way that Merrill Brown and Abram Hamilton treated him while on the way to New York?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Solomon prove to be a resourceful type of person for his master, William Ford in Chapter 7 of the book?

2. In Chapter 8 of the book, how did Mr. Chapin protect Solomon from being hurt or murdered by John Tibeats?

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

4. In Chapter 1 of his book, how was Author Solomon Northrup able to depict his early years in life as normal?

5. How was the slaves' departure from Washington City carried out in Chapter 4 of the book?

6. In Chapter 6 of the book, what did Freeman's customers do to examine his merchandise before making a purchase?

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

8. In Chapter 7 of the book, how was Solomon's new master, John M. Tibeats different from William Ford?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Eliza expected to be issued her emancipation papers and begin living her lifelong dream of liberty with her two children, as the husband of her young mistress, Jacob Brooks led her into Washington City. Her dream was shattered however, when Brooks unexpectedly sold her and her children to slave trader, James H. Burch.

Not long afterward, Eliza’s children were taken away from her, and were separated and sold to different slave traders. She never saw them again, and spent the rest of her days wailing, crying, and mourning the loss of her children.

Did Eliza abandon her lifelong dream of living her life in liberty after she lost her children? If yes, how was that abandonment apparent? If no, how could you tell? Did it appear that Eliza was willing to give up liberty as long as she could spend the rest of her days with her children? If yes, how was her willingness to give up her liberty apparent? If no, how could you tell? What contributed more to Eliza giving up on life: Giving up on her dream of liberty? Or losing her children? List and explain the reason(s) to support your choice.

Essay Topic 2

As Author Northrup told his story, he introduced plantation owners and their wives. First, there was William Ford, and his wife, Mistress Ford. Then there was Edwin Epps and his wife, Mistress Epps.

Compare and contrast the demeanor and behavior of Mistress Ford and Mistress Epps. Was it possible that the demeanor and behavior of their respective husbands toward the slaves had anything to do with the ladies' demeanor and behavior toward the slaves as well?

Discuss the interaction between Solomon and Mistress Ford, as well as Mistress Epps and Patsey. Was there a similarity or difference in the manner that they interacted with one another that perhaps influenced by the manner in which their respective husbands treated those particular slaves? If yes, explain. If no, why not?

Essay Topic 3

At the age of 33, Solomon's name was changed to "Platt" by slave trader, Theophilus Freeman. It was an unwanted name that Solomon was forced to keep during the twelve years that he was enslaved; and it nearly kept him from being located by Lawyer Henry B. Northrup as his days in slavery were about to come to an end.

Discuss whether the name, "Platt" affected Solomon throughout his life as a slave. If it affected him, explain how; and how he coped with or adjusted to having to live by "Platt" during the time of his enslavement.

If in the alternative in your estimation, the name change did not affect him, explain why that was; and how you were able to tell.

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