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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. How did the slaves in Bayou Bœuf view Lew Cheney?
2. What had Epps threatened the slaves with before the carriage came into the Epps Plantation, headed for the main house?
3. Who was in the carriage that flew by Solomon and the other slaves, headed toward the main house of the Epps Plantation?
4. Based on the description of one in Chapter 16, what was a slave driver supposed to do?
5. How was Solomon's hiring by Avery fateful in nature?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Chapter 16 of the book, how did Solomon lead Epps to believe that he was making the slaves work hard in the cotton field?
2. In Chapter 17, how did Lew Cheney show that he was not the leader whom he claimed to be among the slaves who were planning to escape to Mexico?
3. In Chapter 15 of the story, what were some of the everyday things that Solomon and the other slaves did not miss at Christmastime?
4. Why was Samuel Bass so well-liked in and around Bayou Bœuf in Chapter 19 of the book?
5. Why did Solomon feels more like a real human being while working for Judge Turner in Chapter 14 of the book?
6. What could cause trouble for the slaves weighing the cotton that they had picked at the plantation run by Epps in Chapter 13 of the book?
7. In Chapter 11 of the book, what did Solomon appreciate about the time that he spent at the Ford Plantation following his trek through the Great Pacoudrie Swamp?
8. How did Mr. Eldret show respect for Solomon in Chapter 11 of the book?
9. What type of situations involved long waiting times that Solomon had to endure in Chapter 20 of the book?
10. In Chapter 15 of the book, how did the slaves in Bayou Bœuf change at Christmastime?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In Twelve Years a Slave, Solomon was treated harshly and without respect by white men whom he came in contact with, either through master/slave-type interaction, or through a different type of circumstance or coincidence. On the other side of the coin however, it should be noted that Solomon was also treated well and with respect by white men whom he came in contact with, either through master/slave-type interaction, or through a different type of circumstance or coincidence. In fact, some even took action on his behalf, to restore his rights and privileges as a free man, and even as a slave.
Name two (2) white men who treated Solomon well and with respect. Describe the type of contact and interaction that they had with Solomon that qualified them to be acknowledged in a positive way in their dealings with him.
Also discuss the action that those men took toward helping Solomon restore his rights and privileges as a free man.
Essay Topic 2
Close to the end of Twelve Years a Slave, Solomon was upset about the role that Burch had played in casting him into the throes of slavery. In relation to Burch being acquitted of any wrongdoing in the matter, Solomon wrote:
“I took pains to seek him out, to confront him in a court of law, charging him with the crime of kidnapping; and the only motive that impelled me to this step, was a burning sense of the wrong he had inflicted upon me, and a desire to bring him to justice. He was acquitted, in the manner, and by such means as have been described. A human tribunal has permitted him to escape; but there is another and a higher tribunal, where false testimony will not prevail, and where I am willing, so far at least as these statements are concerned, to be judged at last.”
Define the terms, “human tribunal” and “higher tribunal” as Solomon used them in his writing. Explain what you understood the terms to mean, why they were likely to have special meaning for Solomon; whether and how either or both terms tied into a particular theme in the story — and how those connections if any, occurred.
Essay Topic 3
As Solomon told his life story as well as that of Eliza’s, it became evident that their lives paralleled prior to being cast into the throes of slavery, as well as in the manner that they were cast into slavery, along with the changes that they experienced in their lives while in slavery.
In what ways were the lives of Solomon and Eliza alike prior to slavery? What similarities existed in relation to the means that were used to cast them both into slavery? What similarities existed with regard to the changes that they experienced while living in slavery?
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