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

2. What news is it that Rachel has for Eliza?

3. Who is Eliza?

4. When Eliza is describe as a "petted and indulged favorite," what does this mean?

5. Who is Lucy?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why might the author so frequently speak directly to the reader and asks the reader questions as she does in the last four to five paragraphs at the end of this chapter?

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

4. How is the theme of religion versus politics explored in Chapter 9?

5. What provides the comic relief in Chapter 6?

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

7. How does one detect a difference in the manners between Mr. Shelby and Mr. Haley?

8. What effect has studying the Christian religion had on Eliza?

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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

In Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe pits slavery against Christianity. Explore how she comes to depict the incompatibility of the two institutions, slavery and Christianity by referring to and exploring specific situations throughout the novel.

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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