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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 does Eliza dream of on the first night that she is taken in and sleeping safely at the new family's house?

2. Who raised Eliza?

3. Who is Phineas Fletcher?

4. Which includes most of the descriptive details of Eliza at the doorstep of the Bird's house?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the reader know that Mr. Shelby regards his wife's happiness as important?

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

4. How is the theme of religion versus politics explored in Chapter 9?

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

6. What does the reader learn in Chapters 2 and 3 about Eliza's past as a mother?

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

8. In spite of the differences between Tom and Eva's life situation, what character traits do they have in common?

9. Why does the author write that "Sam was in wonderful spirits," when each of his possible sightings of Eliza turn out to not be her?

10. What is the author's intent by contrasting Mr. Haley's sole interest in thinking of slaves in terms of their physical strength and how he will be able to resell them and Tom's continued pondering on the Bible and a "pitying Jesus?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Imagery is a powerful literary device. How does the imagery in the descriptions of various homes, such as Tom's cabin, the home of the Quaker family, and the Legree plantation serve to extend the characterization of the people who live in these homes?

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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