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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. Whose funeral takes place at the villa on the lake at the end of Chapter 27?

2. When a character tries to convince Tom that he should kill Legree, what is the weapon that the person recommends?

3. Who on the Shelby plantation offers first to earn extra money in Chapter 21?

4. At the end of the slave auction, what does Legree promise to give Emmeline if she "is a good girl?"

5. What kind of cook is Old Dinah described as?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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..."

2. What happens in Chapter 38 where Tom is left along often that actually foreshadows Tom's death?

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

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

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

6. As the loose ends of the story are tied up in Chapter 44, what is the purpose of Chapter 45, the final chapter?

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

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

9. What are the similarities between Aunt Chloe And Mrs. Shelby which are emphasized?

10. 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."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the characters that most embody love and why this theme of love is so important to an anti-slavery novel.

Essay Topic 2

Imagery is a powerful literary device. How does the imagery in the descriptions of various homes, such as Tom's cabin, the home of the Quaker family, and the Legree plantation serve to extend the characterization of the people who live in these homes?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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