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. What is Aunt Chloe's mood on this morning after Eliza's escape?

2. Who is Albert?

3. Who assumes the role of a preacher when the slaves practice their religion?

4. Why is the man who helps Eliza when she reaches the other side of the river so willing to help her?

5. How does Uncle Tom receive the news of the slaves on Shelby plantation being sold?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

7. 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."

8. How does this chapter about Tom's leaving further the theme of Christianity versus the law that has been developed so far?

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 2

Harriet Beecher Stowe was a female writer who was vehemently against slavery. Discuss the female characters, both black and white, whom she created to "speak" for her cause and evaluate how effectively Stowe used each of these female characters furthered the thinking against slavery.

Essay Topic 3

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

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