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. Where did Eliza get married to her current husband?

2. Who is the character "Mas'r George" who is teaching Uncle Tom how to write?

3. The title of this Chapter 6 is "Discovery." Why is this an appropriate chapter title?

4. What does Mr. Shelby offer Haley to content him when their business deal gets delayed?

5. In the description of George, what is said about his father?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Harry's tolerance for being a slave compare or contrast with Eliza's?

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

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

8. How does the reader know that Mr. Shelby regards his wife's happiness as important?

9. What is it that offers Mrs. Shelby a moment of worry, then relief at the beginning of Chapter 6?

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

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.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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