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. Because of Legree's superstitious nature, who is the unlikely person that he fears?

2. When Eva is alone in her room, why does Eva cut her hair?

3. When the reader is returned to the story line of George and his family in Chapter 43, where in Canada are they living?

4. When Augustine lectures Miss Ophelia on how to properly treat a slave, what kind of treatment does he say is most effective?

5. In a philosophical and religious discussion with Legree, who is it that explains that what he looks forward to is "eternity?"

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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."

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

5. 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..."

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

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

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

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

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

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

One of the themes of Uncle Tom's Cabin explores man's inhumanity to his fellow man. Discuss this theme by referring to specific incidents in the novel or relationships that expand on this theme.

Essay Topic 3

Stowe has the frail, wealthy white child, Eva befriend and defend Topsy, the abused and incorrigible slave child who is with her family. Explain what purpose their contrasting characters and relationship has in furthering Stowe's feelings about slavery, morality, and religion.

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