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 the boat take Mann?

2. What did the white children throw at Wright and his friends?

3. What drink do the boys offer Wright when he takes a ride in their car?

4. Where does Wright's boss take the black woman to beat her?

5. Why does the black maid forgive Wright for not arguing with the white man?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Sue worry about in Chapter 22?

2. What subjects can Wright not discuss with his white employees in Memphis?

3. Describe the confrontation between Wright and the night watchman.

4. What are Big Boy and his friends doing in this chapter?

5. How do people in the clothing store react to the black women being beaten?

6. What violence does Wright witness in the clothing store?

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

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

9. Describe the encounter Wright has with some white boys when he gets a flat tire.

10. What problems does Sue have with Booker in Chapter 24?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Examine the relationship between education and racist attitudes.

1) How important is education in teaching children about the dangers of racism?

2) How has education played an important part in changing racial attitudes?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss the connotations of the word "nigger."

1) What is its original meaning and what has it come to mean?

2) Why is it now considered so wrong to use?

3) Do you think the word has become too powerful?

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