Uncle Tom's Cabin Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. To whom do Sam and Andy tell the story of Eliza's escape?

2. Who is Aunt Chloe?

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

4. What does Simeon suggest as the wisest time to begin slave travel northward?

5. What are Mr. Shelby and Mr. Haley discussing in Chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. Compare or contrast Mr. Shelby's and Mr. Haley's opinions on how to treat slaves should be treated.

2. What provides the comic relief in Chapter 6?

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

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

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

7. What does the death of Augustine emphasize about the lives and futures of their slaves?

8. How does the author use color and/or physical characteristics to symbolize the difference between Augustine and his daughter, Eva, and Alfred and his son, Henrique?

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Imagery is a powerful literary device. How does the imagery in the descriptions of various homes, such as Tom's cabin, the home of the Quaker family, and the Legree plantation serve to extend the characterization of the people who live in these homes?

Essay Topic 3

Miss Ophelia, Augustine St. Clare's aunt who arrives in New Orleans from New England, is the only fully drawn character from the North. How does the addition of the this character to the antebellum South work to help Stowe further her argument against the inhumane treatment of and beliefs about blacks?

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