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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 sends the letter that outlines Harriet's journey to Washington City?
2. What is in the gunnysack that Beverly gives Harriet?
3. Why does Randolph tell Harriet to show the letter he sends her to Martha?
4. How does Harriet meet her fiance?
5. In July 1820, who does Harriet remind that it is hard to be a freed slave?
Short Essay Questions
1. What about Jefferson's fulfilling of his promise to Sally to free her children makes Sally sad?
2. Why does Harriet's fiance say that Jefferson lies about slavery?
3. What does Harriet finally realize when she considers that the other slave girls have only getting married and having babies in their futures?
4. What do Harriet and her siblings hope Sally will admit before Harriet leaves, but Sally never does?
5. In the section titled May 15, 1822, what decision has Beverly made that pleases Harriet?
6. In The Middle of August 1822, what reason does Sally finally tell her children is the reason she left France and returned to Monticello?
7. Why is Jefferson a little offended when he learns of Harriet's engagement to Thad?
8. Why is Harriet's fiance worried that by becoming engaged to him she will be trading one master for another?
9. How does Harriet explain to Beverly her belief that she is not turning her back on her family and race by passing for white?
10. In October of 1821, why is Harriet spending her free time walking around the plantation?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The question of Harriet's paternity is an overlying theme in this book. Why is who Harriet's father is so important to her? Do we ever know for certain that Jefferson is her father? Why do you think the author deals with the question of her paternity in this manner?
Essay Topic 2
Sally is a very complex character. She is at once a slave and a lover, a mother and a woman who pushes her children away. She has definite reasons for all of the things she does, yet she doesn't overtly express her reasons. What impact do her contrasting roles have on Harriet's life? What effect does her inability to express her feelings and reasons to her children have on them?
Essay Topic 3
Acceptance is one of the major themes in this book. There are many things Harriet must learn to accept, many ways in which she'd like to be accepted, and many people she'd like to be accepted by. Discuss at least one of each of these ways in which acceptance is portrayed. Explain each and give examples from the book.
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