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. Which character is described as a "mulatto?"

2. To whom do Sam and Andy tell the story of Eliza's escape?

3. What did Aunt Chloe make for breakfast as "the property" prepares to leave the cabin?

4. Who is "Mr. Butler?"

5. When Mr. Haley is with Mr. Shelby, how does Eliza find out about the upcoming sale of the slaves?

Short Essay Questions

1. When Mrs. Shelby speaks of this sale of her slaves being a curse from God, her husband accuses her of sounding like an abolitionist. Why is that such a harsh accusation?

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

3. What are two good reasons that "The Mother's Struggle" is an appropriate title for Chapter 7?

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. What provides the comic relief in Chapter 6?

6. 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."

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

8. 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?

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the characters that most embody love and why this theme of love is so important to an anti-slavery novel.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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