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

2. As Chapter 7 opens, why is Eliza carrying Harry?

3. What is it that Mrs. Bird feels is ignored by the passing of the Fugitive Slave Act?

4. Who is Albert?

5. Why doesn't Eliza see her husband much?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What effect has studying the Christian religion had on Eliza?

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 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?

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

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

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

8. How does the reader know that Eliza trusts Mrs. Shelby?

9. What provides the comic relief in Chapter 6?

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

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

In Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe pits slavery against Christianity. Explore how she comes to depict the incompatibility of the two institutions, slavery and Christianity by referring to and exploring specific situations throughout the novel.

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