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. When Aunt Chloe gets a letter from Tom, what issue does it raise in the Shelby household?

2. According to Chapter 45, what famous lawyer defended 76 slaves who attempted escape on a schooner named Pearl?

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

4. Who was in charge of the new slave in St. Clare household?

5. On the first night at the Legree plantation, what does Tom dream of when he falls asleep?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

10. What do readers learn about the development of a person from the relationship between Eva and Topsy?

Essay Topics

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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