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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. At the beginning of Chapter 4, what does "a neat garden patch, where, every summer, strawberries, raspberries, and a variety of fruit and vegetables, flourished" describe?

2. Why is the man who helps Eliza when she reaches the other side of the river so willing to help her?

3. When Phineas and Mr. Halliday are counseling George, What does George have that they are worried about?

4. To what place does George plan to travel?

5. Who assumes the role of a preacher when the slaves practice their religion?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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. 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. Why do black people in the novel freely use the "n" word?

7. What is the effect of describing the actual cabin of Uncle Tom as a place where flowers grow and people worship and eat together?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

While the author is writing to protest and put an end to slavery, she was writing for a significant portion of the population that believed slavery was necessary to their economy. On a very basic level, she had to show what was evil about slavery. What situations did she create to most effectively show the evils of slavery? To discuss this, review the treatments of specific slaves in specific incidents such as Tom, Eliza, George, Aunt Chloe, Emmeline, and Topsy.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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