Uncle Tom's Cabin Test | Final 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. As Cassy, escapes aboard a boat, she listens to a conversation among several slaves that she doesn't know, what piece of information does she find out that is personally meaningful to her?

2. What are Miss Ophelia's plans for Topsy's future?

3. Because of Legree's superstitious nature, who is the unlikely person that he fears?

4. While Tom is a slave on the Legree plantation, who tries to convince Tom to kill Legree?

5. In the author's last chapter in which she discusses the sources for her novel, who does she say told Stowe of the story of "old Pru?"

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the similarities between Aunt Chloe And Mrs. Shelby which are emphasized?

2. Explain how the following passage is foreshadowing: "the rays of the sun formed a kind of glory behind her [Eva], as she came forward in her white dress, with her golden hair and glowing cheeks, her eyes unnaturally bright..."

3. How is Cassy and Emmeline's "escape" from Legree bittersweet?

4. Why might Simon Legree "secretly dislike" Tom and why was it so important for him to get Tom to whip a person?

5. How do the events on the boat suggest that the novel is nearing a conclusion of a story?

6. What does Stowe insist that Northerners do to truly live by their Christian beliefs?

7. Why might Stowe ends this chapter speaking directly to the reader about what might it feel like to be free for the first time?

8. As the loose ends of the story are tied up in Chapter 44, what is the purpose of Chapter 45, the final chapter?

9. What is Mr. Shelby's objection to Mrs. Shelby having taught religion to the slaves?

10. With all the happy endings in the book, why might Stowe have chosen to have Tom, the most beloved character, beat to death?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are several characters in Uncle Tom's Cabin who exemplify courage; conversely, there are several who exemplify cowardice. Identify these characters as their depiction of courage or cowardice. Then specifically refer to what actions or words of theirs come to embody these qualities and define courage and cowardice.

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

In Uncle Tom's Cabin, Stowe has her principle black characters return to Africa and do missionary work. Evaluate that "ending" versus having them remain in Canada. What does this ending suggest about her feelings about:

a. racial integration,

b. the eventual abolition of slavery,

c. the contribution of blacks to American society, and

d. the obligation that white Americans had to the slaves that they obtained and exploited?

You may decide to write about three or all four of these topics.

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