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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is Aunt Chloe's primary responsibility of the plantation?
(a) She is gardener.
(b) She is in charge of rotating crops.
(c) She is in charge of all child care.
(d) She is the head cook.

2. How could the people who go to search for Eliza and Harry be described?
(a) Slaves who are trying NOT to catch Eliza and Harry.
(b) Deputies.
(c) A few nearby friendly plantation owners.
(d) White men who will get paid if they bring them back.

3. Who does Mr. Haley get to help him find Eliza and Harry?
(a) Mr. And Mrs. Shelby.
(b) All the slaves back at the plantation.
(c) Two slave traders.
(d) Mr. Shelby and Mrs. Haley.

4. Why doesn't Eliza see her husband much?
(a) He travels a lot for his job.
(b) He lives and works on a different plantation.
(c) He is ill.
(d) He and Eliza have divorced.

5. To whom do Sam and Andy tell the story of Eliza's escape?
(a) Mr. Shelby and Mrs. Haley.
(b) Mr. And Mrs. Shelby.
(c) Two slave traders.
(d) All the slaves back at the plantation.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why are the ferry boats not running when Eliza is out crossing the river?

2. Who is Hagar?

3. What words convey the atmosphere described in the homes of the Quakers who the reader meets in Chapter 13?

4. Which includes most of the descriptive details of Eliza at the doorstep of the Bird's house?

5. Where is one place where George works?

Short Essay Questions

1. What character says, "don't quote the Bible at me that way," and what does this quotation reveal about his character?

2. Why does the author write that "Sam was in wonderful spirits," when each of his possible sightings of Eliza turn out to not be her?

3. When Mrs. Shelby speaks of this sale of her slaves being a curse from God, her husband accuses her of sounding like an abolitionist. Why is that such a harsh accusation?

4. What is the author's purpose in having Sam tell the story of Eliza's escape and Mr. Haley's failed attempts to catch her?

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

6. What do you think the author's purpose is in having a man help Eliza escape even though he is a friend of Mr. Shelby's?

7. Why do black people in the novel freely use the "n" word?

8. What are two good reasons that "The Mother's Struggle" is an appropriate title for Chapter 7?

9. What is effect of the description of life at the Hallidays?

10. How might the modern reader interpret Mr. Shelby's plan to be absent from the plantation when Tom is to be taken away?

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