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. When Cassy and Emmeline hatch a plan to escape from the Legree plantation, how do Cassy and Emmeline disguise themselves?

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

3. Who is Legree's former mistress?

4. What are Miss Ophelia's plans for Topsy's future?

5. At the end of Chapter 45, who does Stowe say will have "a heavy account to answer?"

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

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

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

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

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

7. 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."

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the necessary components of a tragic hero is that he dies. In Uncle Tom's Cabin, Tom dies. If the reader accepts that Tom is a hero, what other qualities of a hero does Tom exemplify?

Conversely, you may decide that Tom is not a hero. If so, refer to specific incidents or quotations that support your view.

Essay Topic 2

Uncle Tom's Cabin is one of the most enduring American novels of social protest. Evaluate the novel's strength as a tract for social protest by discussing the characterization of Uncle Tom, Eliza and her family of George and Harry, and the slave owners, Mr. Shelby and Simon Legree.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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