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. At the beginning of Chapter 41, who dies on the Shelby plantation?

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

3. Who comes to visit the St. Clare family during the summer at Lake Pontchartrain?

4. Who is Dodo?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What does the death of Augustine emphasize about the lives and futures of their slaves?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many of the characters in this novel are representative of qualities that Stowe wants to pit against one another. To that end, contrast the characters of Tom and Legree and discuss what qualities these two characters most embody.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Religion is a motif in Uncle Tom's Cabin. Several characters have very different opinions the value of religion in one's life. Compare or contrast the religious view of three of the following characters:

Uncle Tom

Eliza

George Harris

Rachel Halliday

Augustine St. Clare

Simon Legree

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