Uncle Tom's Children 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. Where does Brinkley have to ferry people away from?

2. What does Mann want Bob to buy?

3. What does the woman do when Big Boy asks for his clothes?

4. What does Big Boy ask the woman for?

5. Who is the only one of the four boys who wants to go swimming?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Big Boy's parent react when Big Boy tells them he has shot a white man?

2. What does Wright say his mother taught him in the opening section?

3. What happens to Wright when his boss tells him to deliver groceries to a white neighborhood after dark?

4. Why does the white hospital staff laugh in this chapter?

5. What happens to Mann when the Heartfield family identifies him as the killer?

6. Describe the confrontation between the boys and the couple in Chapter 5.

7. How do the boys give the made up word "quall" meaning?

8. What happens to Mann when he gets to town?

9. What job do the soldiers give Mann at the beginning of this chapter?

10. What happens to a black bellboy who has sex with a white prostitute?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine violence in the novel.

1) What are differences in the stories between how black people are violent and how white people are violent?

2) In what way does the violence play an important part in getting Wright's view across?

3) How do the students think the public reacted to the novel's violence when it was first published? How would the public react to such a book today?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the differences between how Wright represents white characters and how he represents black characters.

1) In what way are Wright's representations of white characters unsympathetic? Are they too unsympathetic?

2) In what way does Wright suggest that any negative characteristics in a black person is down to their treatment by the whites? Is this an accurate representation?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Wright's life. In what way do you think his life and personality are reflected in the book? How important was Wright in changing representations of black people?

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