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 does Mr. Haley get to help him find Eliza and Harry?

2. Who is "Black Sam?"

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

4. What does George accomplish that shows he has talent?

5. Which character speaks about slaves in such a way that it is clear that he treats his slaves kindly and has thought a great deal about their humanity?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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."

4. What is Mr. Shelby's objection to Mrs. Shelby having taught religion to the slaves?

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. What are the similarities between Aunt Chloe And Mrs. Shelby which are emphasized?

7. 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?

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

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

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

One of the themes of Uncle Tom's Cabin explores man's inhumanity to his fellow man. Discuss this theme by referring to specific incidents in the novel or relationships that expand on this theme.

Essay Topic 2

Miss Ophelia, Augustine St. Clare's aunt who arrives in New Orleans from New England, is the only fully drawn character from the North. How does the addition of the this character to the antebellum South work to help Stowe further her argument against the inhumane treatment of and beliefs about blacks?

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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