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. What is one thing that happens in the Quaker household that is different from any households that the reader has seen in this novel so far?

2. To what place does George plan to travel?

3. Where did Eliza get married to her current husband?

4. What did Aunt Chloe make for breakfast as "the property" prepares to leave the cabin?

5. Who gives Uncle Tom a dollar to wear on his neck?

Short Essay Questions

1. What purpose does Augustine St. Clare's defense of slavery serve to the reader?

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

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

4. How does one detect a difference in the manners between Mr. Shelby and Mr. Haley?

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. 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. 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?

8. What does Stowe insist that Northerners do to truly live by their Christian beliefs?

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

10. How do the events on the boat suggest that the novel is nearing a conclusion of a story?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Once Tom is sold to the St. Clare family, he and little Eva St. Clare develop a true friendship.

a. What is the common bond of these two characters?

b. How does their friendship help Stowe's argument that slavery is inherently inhumane?

c. How is it significant that both of these characters die?

Essay Topic 2

Uncle Tom's Cabin is one of the most enduring American novels of social protest. Evaluate the novel's strength as a tract for social protest by discussing the characterization of Uncle Tom, Eliza and her family of George and Harry, and the slave owners, Mr. Shelby and Simon Legree.

Essay Topic 3

Religion is a motif in Uncle Tom's Cabin. Several characters have very different opinions the value of religion in one's life. Compare or contrast the religious view of three of the following characters:

Uncle Tom

Eliza

George Harris

Rachel Halliday

Augustine St. Clare

Simon Legree

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