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 are Bill and Jerry?

2. What are Mr. Shelby and Mr. Haley discussing in Chapter 1?

3. Who is Cudjoe?

4. Who is "Black Sam?"

5. Who is Dinah?

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. How is the character of Phineas contrasted with that of Halliday?

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

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

6. Why does the author write that "Sam was in wonderful spirits," when each of his possible sightings of Eliza turn out to not be her?

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

8. How does the treatment of George by his master compare or contrast with how Eliza is treated by her owners.

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Many of the characters in this novel are representative of qualities that Stowe wants to pit against one another. To that end, contrast the characters of Tom and Legree and discuss what qualities these two characters most embody.

Essay Topic 3

There are several characters in Uncle Tom's Cabin who exemplify courage; conversely, there are several who exemplify cowardice. Identify these characters as their depiction of courage or cowardice. Then specifically refer to what actions or words of theirs come to embody these qualities and define courage and cowardice.

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