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 says that he/she "wouldn't give a flip" for politics?

2. In the chapter titled "The Property is Carried Off" what is the "property" that is referred to here?

3. Where does Tom stay while Haley goes to the slave auction?

4. What is one thing that happens in the Quaker household that is different from any households that the reader has seen in this novel so far?

5. When the boat Tom is aboard docks, what does Tom do?

Short Essay Questions

1. How might the modern reader interpret Mr. Shelby's plan to be absent from the plantation when Tom is to be taken away?

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

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

4. How does the reader know that Mr. Shelby regards his wife's happiness as important?

5. What is the significance of John Von Trompe being described as a former "land-holder and slave owner in the state of Kentucky?"

6. 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?

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

8. What is it that offers Mrs. Shelby a moment of worry, then relief at the beginning of Chapter 6?

9. What provides the comic relief in Chapter 6?

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

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 the world of Uncle Tom's Cabin slavery is legal, escaping a plantation is illegal, being a slave catcher is a job, and as such, it is legal. How does Stowe explore the theme of legality versus morality through what we learn happens on plantations, the consequences of escaping, and the responsibilities slave catching?

Essay Topic 3

Stowe has the frail, wealthy white child, Eva befriend and defend Topsy, the abused and incorrigible slave child who is with her family. Explain what purpose their contrasting characters and relationship has in furthering Stowe's feelings about slavery, morality, and religion.

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