Uncle Tom's Cabin Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Compare or contrast Mr. Shelby's and Mr. Haley's opinions on how to treat slaves should be treated.

Mr. Shelby recognizes slaves and human beings with emotions and the same feelings about family that white people have. Mr. Haley views black people as property and denies their humanity.

2. What does the reader's first impression of Harry reveal about him?

When readers meet Harry he dances and sings, which indicates that while he is a slave, he is not miserable. Although, when he is asked to perform, he does, which reveals his submissiveness.

3. How does the reader know that Mr. Shelby regards his wife's happiness as important?

When Mr. Haley proposes that Shelby sell Eliza, he at once explains that he cannot do this because of how fond his wife is of Eliza.

4. How does the reader know that Eliza trusts Mrs. Shelby?

The reader sees that as soon as Eliza hears of the possibility of being sold she does not hesitate to go to Mrs. Shelby for assurance that she and Harry are "safe" with the Shelby family.

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