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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. Once Emmeline is at the Legree plantation, what does Emmeline try to convince another woman to do with her?
2. In a philosophical and religious discussion with Legree, who is it that explains that what he looks forward to is "eternity?"
3. When George, Eliza and Harry finally reach Canada, what is the name of the Canadian town where the boat they are on docks?
4. At the beginning of Chapter 41, who dies on the Shelby plantation?
5. Who tries to convince Tom that it would be advantageous to him to burn his Bible?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the language of Eliza and George's escape to freedom reflect the mood of this journey--"The blue waves of Lake Erie danced, rippling and sparkling in the sunlight. A fresh breeze blew from the shore, and the lordly boat ploughed her way right gallantly onward."
2. What is Mr. Shelby's objection to Mrs. Shelby having taught religion to the slaves?
3. Why is Cassy a key character in through whom Stowe explores Simon Legree's temperament and treatment of slaves?
4. Why might Stowe ends this chapter speaking directly to the reader about what might it feel like to be free for the first time?
5. 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?
6. As the loose ends of the story are tied up in Chapter 44, what is the purpose of Chapter 45, the final chapter?
7. How is Cassy and Emmeline's "escape" from Legree bittersweet?
8. 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..."
9. How do the physical descriptions of Simon Legree himself and his plantation symbolize his character?
10. Why might Simon Legree "secretly dislike" Tom and why was it so important for him to get Tom to whip a person?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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.
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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