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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 it that Mrs. Bird feels is ignored by the passing of the Fugitive Slave Act?
(a) Politics.
(b) Economy.
(c) The Constitution.
(d) Christianity.

2. Who gives Uncle Tom a dollar to wear on his neck?
(a) Young Master George.
(b) Mrs. Shelby.
(c) Mr. Shelby.
(d) His children.

3. What is one thing that happens in the Quaker household that is different from any households that the reader has seen in this novel so far?
(a) Whites and blacks eat in the same room, but at separate tables.
(b) Blacks and whites eat meals at the same table.
(c) Whites act as servants to the whites.
(d) Whites and blacks sing spirituals before they dine.

4. Who is Eliza?
(a) A female slave on the Harris plantation.
(b) A female slave on the Shelby plantation.
(c) A female slave who has run away in search of freedom.
(d) A female slave on the Haley plantation.

5. Broadly speaking, what are Eliza's religious beliefs?
(a) Eliza is an atheist.
(b) Eliza is Christian.
(c) Eliza is a Muslim.
(d) Eliza subscribes to an ancient African religion passed on to her by her family.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the man the reader first meets by name in the tavern where a number of white Kentuckians are drinking and socializing in Chapter 11?

2. Which character eavesdrops on Mr. Shelby and Mr. Haley's conversation?

3. Who is Aunt Chloe?

4. Who apparently knows nothing of Mr. Shelby's debt?

5. Who is the character "Mas'r George" who is teaching Uncle Tom how to write?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the reader learn in Chapters 2 and 3 about Eliza's past as a mother?

2. What is unusual about Young Master Shelby teaching Tom how to write?

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

5. 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?

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

7. How is the character of Phineas contrasted with that of Halliday?

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

9. What is the author's intent by contrasting Mr. Haley's sole interest in thinking of slaves in terms of their physical strength and how he will be able to resell them and Tom's continued pondering on the Bible and a "pitying Jesus?"

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

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