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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. Who is absent from the plantation when Mr. Shelby and Mr. Haley's agreement moves into action?
(a) Mose, the child.
(b) Mrs. Shelby.
(c) Young Master George.
(d) Mr. Shelby.

2. When Eliza is describe as a "petted and indulged favorite," what does this mean?
(a) Eliza was treated gently and given privileges.
(b) Eliza was spoiled rotten.
(c) Eliza was treated like a pet.
(d) Eliza was ignored.

3. When George and Eliza are reunited, what is Eliza trying to convince George of?
(a) To live with the Hallidays for a while.
(b) To become a Christian.
(c) That it is better for the three of them to travel together.
(d) To leave for Canada alone and then send for her and Harry.

4. When Phineas is in the town where the Hallidays live, what does he hear a conversation about?
(a) A warrant issued for the Quakers who are hiding slaves.
(b) A reward for catching the runaway slaves.
(c) Slave catchers looking for Eliza and her family.
(d) A slave named Tom is looking for Eliza to come to a plantation in New Orleans.

5. Why are the ferry boats not running when Eliza is out crossing the river?
(a) Chunks of ice in the river.
(b) Canoe travel making travel hazardous for ferries.
(c) Lack of fuel.
(d) It is a holiday.

Short Answer Questions

1. Shortly before Chapter 1 ends, what is Eliza afraid will happen?

2. To whom do Sam and Andy tell the story of Eliza's escape?

3. What does Eliza tell the Birds when she appears at their house?

4. In the conversation in the tavern about how to best manage slaves, what is it that interrupts this discussion?

5. Who is Augustine St. Clare?

Short Essay Questions

1. When and how do George and Eliza show their true religious nature?

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

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

5. What is the effect of describing the actual cabin of Uncle Tom as a place where flowers grow and people worship and eat together?

6. How does the treatment of George by his master compare or contrast with how Eliza is treated by her owners.

7. 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?

8. What is it that offers Mrs. Shelby a moment of worry, then relief at the beginning of Chapter 6?

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

10. What provides the comic relief in Chapter 6?

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