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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 family protects Eliza and Harry once they have crossed the river?

2. How does Mrs. Selby react to the news that Eliza has escaped?

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

4. Who is the man the reader first meets by name in the tavern where a number of white Kentuckians are drinking and socializing in Chapter 11?

5. When Mr. Haley is with Mr. Shelby, how does Eliza find out about the upcoming sale of the slaves?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What is the author's intent by contrasting Mr. Haley's sole interest in thinking of slaves in terms of their physical strength and how he will be able to resell them and Tom's continued pondering on the Bible and a "pitying Jesus?"

3. What effect has studying the Christian religion had on Eliza?

4. 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?

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

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

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

8. What do you think the author's purpose is in having a man help Eliza escape even though he is a friend of Mr. Shelby's?

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. When and how do George and Eliza show their true religious nature?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

One of the themes of Uncle Tom's Cabin explores man's inhumanity to his fellow man. Discuss this theme by referring to specific incidents in the novel or relationships that expand on this theme.

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