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. What happened in the weeks following the death at the St. Clare villa that most influenced Augustine and led to changes he made in the running of his household?

2. At the end of Chapter 45, who does Stowe say will have "a heavy account to answer?"

3. In what city is the confectioner's shop (bakery that interests the Shelby plantation women)?

4. After they get the letter from Tom, what does Aunt Chloe ask Mrs. Shelby to write for her?

5. Who is the "quadroon" that is the subject of chapter 34 entitled "The Quadroon's Story?"

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 the ironic about Emmeline's being brought up "by the Bible?"

3. 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?

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

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

6. 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..."

7. What is ironic about how and why Augustine St. Clare dies?

8. Why might Stowe have had the significant black characters who are now free end up going to Africa to do missionary work?

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

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

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

Uncle Tom's Cabin is one of the most enduring American novels of social protest. Evaluate the novel's strength as a tract for social protest by discussing the characterization of Uncle Tom, Eliza and her family of George and Harry, and the slave owners, Mr. Shelby and Simon Legree.

Essay Topic 3

In Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe pits slavery against Christianity. Explore how she comes to depict the incompatibility of the two institutions, slavery and Christianity by referring to and exploring specific situations throughout the novel.

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