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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 Eliza?

2. Who is Hagar?

3. At the end of the Chapter 16, what aspect of work does Tom say he has experience with?

4. Broadly speaking, what are Eliza's religious beliefs?

5. Who is "Mr. Butler?"

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. 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?

7. What is the author's intent by contrasting Mr. Haley's sole interest in thinking of slaves in terms of their physical strength and how he will be able to resell them and Tom's continued pondering on the Bible and a "pitying Jesus?"

8. What character says, "don't quote the Bible at me that way," and what does this quotation reveal about his character?

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

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

In keeping with a literary style of her time, Harriet Beecher Stowe speaks frequently and at length directly to the reader. Choose from several instances of direct address in the chapters listed below and use them to defend or praise this stylistic device:

Chapter 12--when the author asks the reader to condemn Mr. Haley is aboard a ship for New Orleans and he discusses slavery.

Chapter 37--when the author asks the reader to imagine what George feels like when he is so close to being free.

Chapter 38--when the author asks the reader to imagine what it feels like for Tom to know he is dying.

Chapter 45--when the author uses the whole chapter to "talk" to reader about what the country must do to abolish slavery.

Essay Topic 3

Once Tom is sold to the St. Clare family, he and little Eva St. Clare develop a true friendship.

a. What is the common bond of these two characters?

b. How does their friendship help Stowe's argument that slavery is inherently inhumane?

c. How is it significant that both of these characters die?

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