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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. How does Mrs. Shelby feel about the people who are in charge of the search party?

2. Why doesn't Eliza see her husband much?

3. When Phineas expresses understanding about this thing George possesses, how does Mr. Halliday react?

4. When Mr. Haley leaves Mr. Shelby, what is the awful truth that Mrs. Shelby learns?

5. Where is Mr. Butler headed when the reader meets him in the tavern?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What character says, "don't quote the Bible at me that way," and what does this quotation reveal about his character?

4. 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?"

5. What are the two things in this historical fiction that were real and introduced in Chapter 9?

6. What is unusual about Young Master Shelby teaching Tom how to write?

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

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

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

10. 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?

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

Uncle Tom's Cabin, a novel that exposed slavery was written in 1852; the Declaration of Independence written in 1776 declared "all mean are created equal." While the existence of slavery was proof that all men were not created equal, what evidence is there in the novel that all men were, in fact, created equal?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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