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. Who is Cudjoe?

2. Which character is very protective towards Eliza?

3. By the end of the action of the Chapter 17, what happens to Tom Lokar?

4. Where is the boat bound for that Tom boards with Mr. Haley?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is Uncle Tom's loyalty to his master such a subject of harsh criticism and ridicule?

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

4. 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?

5. How does the reader learn that Quakers are anti-slavery?

6. What provides the comic relief in Chapter 6?

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

8. How does Harry's tolerance for being a slave compare or contrast with Eliza's?

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

10. 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."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the themes of Uncle Tom's Cabin explores man's inhumanity to his fellow man. Discuss this theme by referring to specific incidents in the novel or relationships that expand on this theme.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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