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

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

3. At Legree's plantation, who does Simon Legree beat for singing?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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."

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The subject of religion, specifically Christianity, abounds in Uncle Tom's Cabin. Discuss how Stowe's characterization of Uncle Tom embodied the principles of Christianity--namely that of faith, forgiveness, compassion, and belief in an afterlife. Refer to specific instances from the novel to illustrate these various components of Christianity.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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