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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 does Simeon suggest as the wisest time to begin slave travel northward?

2. As Chapter 7 opens, why is Eliza carrying Harry?

3. Who is Aunt Chloe?

4. Who is Albert?

5. By the end of the action of the Chapter 17, what happens to Tom Lokar?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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. 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?

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

6. What is effect of the description of life at the Hallidays?

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

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

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

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

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 keeping with a literary style of her time, Harriet Beecher Stowe speaks frequently and at length directly to the reader. Choose from several instances of direct address in the chapters listed below and use them to defend or praise this stylistic device:

Chapter 12--when the author asks the reader to condemn Mr. Haley is aboard a ship for New Orleans and he discusses slavery.

Chapter 37--when the author asks the reader to imagine what George feels like when he is so close to being free.

Chapter 38--when the author asks the reader to imagine what it feels like for Tom to know he is dying.

Chapter 45--when the author uses the whole chapter to "talk" to reader about what the country must do to abolish slavery.

Essay Topic 3

Miss Ophelia, Augustine St. Clare's aunt who arrives in New Orleans from New England, is the only fully drawn character from the North. How does the addition of the this character to the antebellum South work to help Stowe further her argument against the inhumane treatment of and beliefs about blacks?

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