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. Shortly before Chapter 1 ends, what is Eliza afraid will happen?

2. Who is Hagar?

3. What did Aunt Chloe make for breakfast as "the property" prepares to leave the cabin?

4. Who is Aunt Chloe?

5. In the tavern, what is it that one of the Kentuckians brings to the stranger to read?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?"

2. What is the significance of John Von Trompe being described as a former "land-holder and slave owner in the state of Kentucky?"

3. What provides the comic relief in Chapter 6?

4. How does this chapter about Tom's leaving further the theme of Christianity versus the law that has been developed so far?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

While the author is writing to protest and put an end to slavery, she was writing for a significant portion of the population that believed slavery was necessary to their economy. On a very basic level, she had to show what was evil about slavery. What situations did she create to most effectively show the evils of slavery? To discuss this, review the treatments of specific slaves in specific incidents such as Tom, Eliza, George, Aunt Chloe, Emmeline, and Topsy.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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