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 does Eliza bring along for her and Harry to eat as they travel?

2. What does Mr. Haley say to Mr. Shelby that is insulting?

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

4. What is the main point of the Fugitive Slave Act?

5. Why is Eliza easily able to ask for help of a woman she meets without risking being suspected of being a runaway slave?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the character of Phineas contrasted with that of Halliday?

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

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

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

5. What do readers learn about the development of a person from the relationship between Eva and Topsy?

6. Why might Simon Legree "secretly dislike" Tom and why was it so important for him to get Tom to whip a person?

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 are Miss Ophelia's views of blacks more complicated than the racial views of other whites we have met so far?

9. How do the physical descriptions of Simon Legree himself and his plantation symbolize his character?

10. What are two good reasons that "The Mother's Struggle" is an appropriate title for Chapter 7?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Stowe has the frail, wealthy white child, Eva befriend and defend Topsy, the abused and incorrigible slave child who is with her family. Explain what purpose their contrasting characters and relationship has in furthering Stowe's feelings about slavery, morality, and religion.

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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