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. Who is Augustine St. Clare?

2. In which state is Chapter 1 set?

3. When does the reader see evidence of the slaves belief in Christianity in Chapter 4?

4. What is Aunt Chloe's primary responsibility of the plantation?

5. When does Mrs. Shelby first learn the details about Mr. Haley's visit to the plantation?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

4. Why might the author so frequently speak directly to the reader and asks the reader questions as she does in the last four to five paragraphs at the end of this chapter?

5. What is the significance of John Von Trompe being described as a former "land-holder and slave owner in the state of Kentucky?"

6. 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?

7. 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?

8. What character says, "don't quote the Bible at me that way," and what does this quotation reveal about his character?

9. Why is Uncle Tom's loyalty to his master such a subject of harsh criticism and ridicule?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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 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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