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. In the author's last chapter in which she discusses the sources for her novel, who does she say told Stowe of the story of "old Pru?"

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

3. When Eliza travels to Canada, what other member of her party is in disguise?

4. Weeks after Eva's funeral, who gets comfort from singing from an old hymn book found in a drawer?

5. After they get the letter from Tom, what does Aunt Chloe ask Mrs. Shelby to write for her?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe pits slavery against Christianity. Explore how she comes to depict the incompatibility of the two institutions, slavery and Christianity by referring to and exploring specific situations throughout the novel.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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