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. After young George Shelby returns from the Legree plantation, what option does George Shelby offer his former slaves as he frees them?

2. Why is Lake Pontchartrain important to the action of Chapter 22?

3. When George and his family are established in Canada, what is it that George specifically says he wants more than anything?

4. What is done with Tom's clothes at the slave auction?

5. Weeks after Eva's funeral, who gets comfort from singing from an old hymn book found in a drawer?

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. Why is Cassy a key character in through whom Stowe explores Simon Legree's temperament and treatment of slaves?

3. How do the physical descriptions of Simon Legree himself and his plantation symbolize his character?

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

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

6. How is Tom's death the epitome of selflessness and forgiveness?

7. How does Miss Ophelia's feelings about "training" Topsy reveal what the problem is for people who attempt to control their servants or slaves with violence?

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

9. What purpose does Augustine St. Clare's defense of slavery serve to the reader?

10. 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..."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The term "Uncle Tom" has come to have a very disparaging, insulting meaning in our modern society. It has come to describe an African American whom other African Americans consider to be subservient to white people and who treats whites in a way that suggests they are superior. This term comes from the novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. After reading this novel, decide whether a reader should be empathetic to Tom's treatment of whites or whether this character deserves this reputation. Obviously, to answer this question, the writer must refer to specific deeds or quotations from the novel.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In the world of Uncle Tom's Cabin slavery is legal, escaping a plantation is illegal, being a slave catcher is a job, and as such, it is legal. How does Stowe explore the theme of legality versus morality through what we learn happens on plantations, the consequences of escaping, and the responsibilities slave catching?

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