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 Rosa and Ophelia think they see Topsy hiding something she has stolen, what does this item turn out to be?

2. From whom does the reader learn that a black person's testimony as witness in a trial means nothing?

3. At the beginning of Chapter 41, who dies on the Shelby plantation?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. With all the happy endings in the book, why might Stowe have chosen to have Tom, the most beloved character, beat to death?

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

In the world of Uncle Tom's Cabin slavery is legal, escaping a plantation is illegal, being a slave catcher is a job, and as such, it is legal. How does Stowe explore the theme of legality versus morality through what we learn happens on plantations, the consequences of escaping, and the responsibilities slave catching?

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