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

2. When Eliza travels to Canada, what other member of her party is in disguise?

3. As Cassy, escapes aboard a boat, she listens to a conversation among several slaves that she doesn't know, what piece of information does she find out that is personally meaningful to her?

4. What is it that Topsy does that angers Miss Ophelia?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What event triggers the turning point in Augustine's religious beliefs and who is responsible for his religious education here?

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

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

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. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Uncle Tom's Cabin, a novel that exposed slavery was written in 1852; the Declaration of Independence written in 1776 declared "all mean are created equal." While the existence of slavery was proof that all men were not created equal, what evidence is there in the novel that all men were, in fact, created equal?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Miss Ophelia, Augustine St. Clare's aunt who arrives in New Orleans from New England, is the only fully drawn character from the North. How does the addition of the this character to the antebellum South work to help Stowe further her argument against the inhumane treatment of and beliefs about blacks?

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