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. Why is Lake Pontchartrain important to the action of Chapter 22?

2. While Tom is a slave on the Legree plantation, who tries to convince Tom to kill Legree?

3. Who is the Quaker woman that George and Eliza are staying with in Chapter 37?

4. Who is the "quadroon" that is the subject of chapter 34 entitled "The Quadroon's Story?"

5. What was the general opinion of Miss Ophelia in the St. Clare household?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What is Mr. Shelby's objection to Mrs. Shelby having taught religion to the slaves?

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

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

9. 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?

10. 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..."

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

While the author is writing to protest and put an end to slavery, she was writing for a significant portion of the population that believed slavery was necessary to their economy. On a very basic level, she had to show what was evil about slavery. What situations did she create to most effectively show the evils of slavery? To discuss this, review the treatments of specific slaves in specific incidents such as Tom, Eliza, George, Aunt Chloe, Emmeline, and Topsy.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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