Uncle Tom's Cabin Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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

The term "Uncle Tom" has come to have a very disparaging, insulting meaning in our modern society. It has come to describe an African American whom other African Americans consider to be subservient to white people and who treats whites in a way that suggests they are superior. This term comes from the novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. After reading this novel, decide whether a reader should be empathetic to Tom's treatment of whites or whether this character deserves this reputation. Obviously, to answer this question, the writer must refer to specific deeds or quotations from the novel.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

One of the themes of Uncle Tom's Cabin explores man's inhumanity to his fellow man. Discuss this theme by referring to specific incidents in the novel or relationships that expand on this theme.

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