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

2. Who is Aunt Chloe?

3. What family protects Eliza and Harry once they have crossed the river?

4. What does Simeon suggest as the wisest time to begin slave travel northward?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Compare or contrast Mr. Shelby's and Mr. Haley's opinions on how to treat slaves should be treated.

2. What provides the comic relief in Chapter 6?

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

4. What are the two things in this historical fiction that were real and introduced in Chapter 9?

5. 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?

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

7. What does the death of Augustine emphasize about the lives and futures of their slaves?

8. How does the author use color and/or physical characteristics to symbolize the difference between Augustine and his daughter, Eva, and Alfred and his son, Henrique?

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

10. When and how do George and Eliza show their true religious nature?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 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

In the world of Uncle Tom's Cabin slavery is legal, escaping a plantation is illegal, being a slave catcher is a job, and as such, it is legal. How does Stowe explore the theme of legality versus morality through what we learn happens on plantations, the consequences of escaping, and the responsibilities slave catching?

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