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. Why are the ferry boats not running when Eliza is out crossing the river?

2. What is the main point of the Fugitive Slave Act?

3. By what means of transportation does Mr. Haley travel with Tom?

4. Who is Augustine St. Clare?

5. Where is one place where George works?

Short Essay Questions

1. What provides the comic relief in Chapter 6?

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

3. How might the modern reader interpret Mr. Shelby's plan to be absent from the plantation when Tom is to be taken away?

4. 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."

5. 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?

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

7. 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?

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Uncle Tom's Cabin, Stowe has her principle black characters return to Africa and do missionary work. Evaluate that "ending" versus having them remain in Canada. What does this ending suggest about her feelings about:

a. racial integration,

b. the eventual abolition of slavery,

c. the contribution of blacks to American society, and

d. the obligation that white Americans had to the slaves that they obtained and exploited?

You may decide to write about three or all four of these topics.

Essay Topic 2

Uncle Tom's Cabin, a novel that exposed slavery was written in 1852; the Declaration of Independence written in 1776 declared "all mean are created equal." While the existence of slavery was proof that all men were not created equal, what evidence is there in the novel that all men were, in fact, created equal?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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