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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 it that Mrs. Bird feels is ignored by the passing of the Fugitive Slave Act?

2. Who is Harry?

3. When George and Eliza are reunited, what is Eliza trying to convince George of?

4. Who says that he/she "wouldn't give a flip" for politics?

5. Who raised Eliza?

Short Essay Questions

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

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. 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?

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

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 2

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 3

In Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe pits slavery against Christianity. Explore how she comes to depict the incompatibility of the two institutions, slavery and Christianity by referring to and exploring specific situations throughout the novel.

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