Uncle Tom's Cabin 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. When does Mrs. Shelby first learn the details about Mr. Haley's visit to the plantation?

2. What family protects Eliza and Harry once they have crossed the river?

3. Who does the search party actually take orders from?

4. Where is Mr. Butler headed when the reader meets him in the tavern?

5. Who is Andy?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why might Stowe ends this chapter speaking directly to the reader about what might it feel like to be free for the first time?

3. Why might Simon Legree "secretly dislike" Tom and why was it so important for him to get Tom to whip a person?

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

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

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

7. With all the happy endings in the book, why might Stowe have chosen to have Tom, the most beloved character, beat to death?

8. Why is Cassy a key character in through whom Stowe explores Simon Legree's temperament and treatment of slaves?

9. How are Miss Ophelia's views of blacks more complicated than the racial views of other whites we have met so far?

10. What does Stowe insist that Northerners do to truly live by their Christian beliefs?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The subject of religion, specifically Christianity, abounds in Uncle Tom's Cabin. Discuss how Stowe's characterization of Uncle Tom embodied the principles of Christianity--namely that of faith, forgiveness, compassion, and belief in an afterlife. Refer to specific instances from the novel to illustrate these various components of Christianity.

Essay Topic 2

Imagery is a powerful literary device. How does the imagery in the descriptions of various homes, such as Tom's cabin, the home of the Quaker family, and the Legree plantation serve to extend the characterization of the people who live in these homes?

Essay Topic 3

Uncle Tom's Cabin is one of the most enduring American novels of social protest. Evaluate the novel's strength as a tract for social protest by discussing the characterization of Uncle Tom, Eliza and her family of George and Harry, and the slave owners, Mr. Shelby and Simon Legree.

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