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. Where did Eliza get married to her current husband?

2. In the description of George, what is said about his father?

3. When Eliza is describe as a "petted and indulged favorite," what does this mean?

4. Who is the character "Mas'r George" who is teaching Uncle Tom how to write?

5. In which state is Chapter 1 set?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is unusual about Young Master Shelby teaching Tom how to write?

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

3. How does the treatment of George by his master compare or contrast with how Eliza is treated by her owners.

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

5. The author, Harriet Beecher Stowe, feels it is important for her readers to know the substance of the Fugitive Slave Act. What does she do inform the reader of this law?

6. 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?

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

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

9. 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?

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

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.

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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