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

2. Who is Aunt Chloe?

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

4. What does Simeon suggest as the wisest time to begin slave travel northward?

5. What are Mr. Shelby and Mr. Haley discussing in Chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What provides the comic relief in Chapter 6?

3. How does this chapter about Tom's leaving further the theme of Christianity versus the law that has been developed so far?

4. What are the two things in this historical fiction that were real and introduced in Chapter 9?

5. 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?

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

7. What does the death of Augustine emphasize about the lives and futures of their slaves?

8. How does the author use color and/or physical characteristics to symbolize the difference between Augustine and his daughter, Eva, and Alfred and his son, Henrique?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

While the author is writing to protest and put an end to slavery, she was writing for a significant portion of the population that believed slavery was necessary to their economy. On a very basic level, she had to show what was evil about slavery. What situations did she create to most effectively show the evils of slavery? To discuss this, review the treatments of specific slaves in specific incidents such as Tom, Eliza, George, Aunt Chloe, Emmeline, and Topsy.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

One of the necessary components of a tragic hero is that he dies. In Uncle Tom's Cabin, Tom dies. If the reader accepts that Tom is a hero, what other qualities of a hero does Tom exemplify?

Conversely, you may decide that Tom is not a hero. If so, refer to specific incidents or quotations that support your view.

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