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. Why is Eliza easily able to ask for help of a woman she meets without risking being suspected of being a runaway slave?

2. How does Uncle Tom receive the news of the slaves on Shelby plantation being sold?

3. Who is Aunt Chloe?

4. Who is Harry?

5. When George meets with Eliza, why does he tell her that he travels so far from the plantation on which he works?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the reader learn in Chapters 2 and 3 about Eliza's past as a mother?

2. What character speaks about laws and says, "we have nothing to do with them; all they are for is to crush us, and keep us down."

3. 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?"

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

5. What is effect of the description of life at the Hallidays?

6. 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?

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

8. 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?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the characters that most embody love and why this theme of love is so important to an anti-slavery novel.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The subject of religion, specifically Christianity, abounds in Uncle Tom's Cabin. Discuss how Stowe's characterization of Uncle Tom embodied the principles of Christianity--namely that of faith, forgiveness, compassion, and belief in an afterlife. Refer to specific instances from the novel to illustrate these various components of Christianity.

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