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

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

3. When Eva talks to Topsy about love, what is the one thing/person that Topsy admits to loving?

4. When Cassy and Emmeline hatch a plan to escape from the Legree plantation, how do Cassy and Emmeline disguise themselves?

5. When Tom goes out to work in the fields at Legree's plantation, who does Tom help pick cotton in the fields?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

6. 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."

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

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

9. 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?

10. What is the ironic about Emmeline's being brought up "by the Bible?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In keeping with a literary style of her time, Harriet Beecher Stowe speaks frequently and at length directly to the reader. Choose from several instances of direct address in the chapters listed below and use them to defend or praise this stylistic device:

Chapter 12--when the author asks the reader to condemn Mr. Haley is aboard a ship for New Orleans and he discusses slavery.

Chapter 37--when the author asks the reader to imagine what George feels like when he is so close to being free.

Chapter 38--when the author asks the reader to imagine what it feels like for Tom to know he is dying.

Chapter 45--when the author uses the whole chapter to "talk" to reader about what the country must do to abolish slavery.

Essay Topic 2

Harriet Beecher Stowe was a female writer who was vehemently against slavery. Discuss the female characters, both black and white, whom she created to "speak" for her cause and evaluate how effectively Stowe used each of these female characters furthered the thinking against slavery.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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