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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. What does Senator Bird give someone to help support Eliza before he and she parted?
2. Why is the man who helps Eliza when she reaches the other side of the river so willing to help her?
3. 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?
4. Which character is very protective towards Eliza?
5. How does Eliza react to business transaction she hears Mr. Shelby talk about with Mr. Haley?
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 are the two things in this historical fiction that were real and introduced in Chapter 9?
3. The author, Harriet Beecher Stowe, feels it is important for her readers to know the substance of the Fugitive Slave Act. What does she do inform the reader of this law?
4. 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?
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. How is the theme of religion versus politics explored in Chapter 9?
7. 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?
8. How does Harry's tolerance for being a slave compare or contrast with Eliza's?
9. What character speaks about laws and says, "we have nothing to do with them; all they are for is to crush us, and keep us down."
10. In spite of the differences between Tom and Eva's life situation, what character traits do they have in common?
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
Uncle Tom's Cabin, a novel that exposed slavery was written in 1852; the Declaration of Independence written in 1776 declared "all mean are created equal." While the existence of slavery was proof that all men were not created equal, what evidence is there in the novel that all men were, in fact, created equal?
Essay Topic 3
Religion is a motif in Uncle Tom's Cabin. Several characters have very different opinions the value of religion in one's life. Compare or contrast the religious view of three of the following characters:
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