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 Phineas and Mr. Halliday are counseling George, What does George have that they are worried about?

2. Who is Aunt Chloe?

3. Who is the character "Mas'r George" who is teaching Uncle Tom how to write?

4. What does Mr. Haley say to Mr. Shelby that is insulting?

5. What is it that makes Eliza feel momentarily sad as she runs away?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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."

2. In spite of the differences between Tom and Eva's life situation, what character traits do they have in common?

3. What is the effect of describing the actual cabin of Uncle Tom as a place where flowers grow and people worship and eat together?

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

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

6. 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?

7. What is unusual about Young Master Shelby teaching Tom how to write?

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

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

10. How does the reader know that Eliza trusts Mrs. Shelby?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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:

Uncle Tom

Eliza

George Harris

Rachel Halliday

Augustine St. Clare

Simon Legree

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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