"From Harriet Tubman: Conductor On The Underground Railroad"

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  • 1. 

    There are 2 official types of characterization, these are:

    • A.

      Feelings and Behavior

    • B.

      Direct and Nondirect

    • C.

      Appearance and Personality Traits

    • D.

      Direct and Indirect

    Correct Answer
    D. Direct and Indirect
    Explanation
    Direct and indirect characterization are the two official types of characterization. Direct characterization refers to the author explicitly stating a character's traits or qualities, while indirect characterization involves the reader inferring these traits through the character's actions, thoughts, dialogue, or appearance. This distinction allows for a deeper understanding of the character's personality and motivations, as it requires the reader to analyze and interpret the information provided by the author.

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  • 2. 

    An ALLUSION is.....

    • A.

      Something that is not real

    • B.

      When another piece of literature or character is mentioned in a selection

    • C.

      When you read about one character and another one is giving him a difficult time about something not being realistic

    • D.

      When a writer gives human characteristics to an inanimate (not real) object

    Correct Answer
    B. When another piece of literature or character is mentioned in a selection
    Explanation
    An allusion refers to when another piece of literature or character is mentioned in a selection. This literary device allows the author to reference or make a connection to another work, character, or event, often to enhance the meaning or add depth to the current text. By using allusions, writers can tap into the reader's prior knowledge and create associations between different works, adding layers of meaning and complexity to their own writing.

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  • 3. 

    In what way was Harriet Tubman a risk taker?

    • A.

      She ran away from her mom and dad when she was a child

    • B.

      She was willing to help the slaves get to freedom even though it might mean death to her.

    • C.

      She did not want to be a slave.

    • D.

      She hated people who enslaved her people

    Correct Answer
    B. She was willing to help the slaves get to freedom even though it might mean death to her.
    Explanation
    Harriet Tubman was a risk taker because she was willing to help the slaves get to freedom even though it might mean death to her. This shows her bravery and selflessness, as she put her own life at risk to help others escape the horrors of slavery. Tubman's actions demonstrate her determination to fight for justice and her commitment to the cause of freedom.

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  • 4. 

    Slave owners most likely wanted to capture Harriet Tubman because she

    • A.

      Was a hard worker and they wanted her work ethic as a slave for their own plantations.

    • B.

      Led people away.

    • C.

      Led enslaved people to freedom

    • D.

      Fought against the Fugitive Slave Law

    Correct Answer
    C. Led enslaved people to freedom
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "led enslaved people to freedom." Slave owners would have wanted to capture Harriet Tubman because she was known for her role as a conductor on the Underground Railroad, leading enslaved people to freedom. This posed a threat to the institution of slavery as it undermined the control and power that slave owners had over their enslaved labor force. By capturing Tubman, slave owners hoped to prevent her from continuing her efforts to liberate enslaved individuals.

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  • 5. 

    How did the rumored 'Moses' differ from the actual conductor of the Underground Railroad?

    • A.

      Moses was rumored to be a man but Harriet Tubman was a woman

    • B.

      Moses was rumored to give whippoorwill calls as signals, but Tubman sang spirituals.

    • C.

      The rumored Moses traveled only at night, but Tubman led the runaways during the day as well.

    • D.

      The rumored Moses followed the North Star, but Tubman used her memory to lead the way to freedom.

    Correct Answer
    A. Moses was rumored to be a man but Harriet Tubman was a woman
    Explanation
    The rumored 'Moses' differed from the actual conductor of the Underground Railroad because Moses was rumored to be a man, while Harriet Tubman, the actual conductor, was a woman.

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  • 6. 

    Which detail does Petry include to characterize Tubman as courageous?

    • A.

      The runaways stayed with her when she slept.

    • B.

      She led runaways knowing she faced b eing hanged for her actions.

    • C.

      She planned the trips to begin on Sundays so that she was connected with her higher being.

    • D.

      A man refused to accept her and her runaways because he felt unsafe.

    Correct Answer
    B. She led runaways knowing she faced b eing hanged for her actions.
    Explanation
    The detail that Petry includes to characterize Tubman as courageous is that she led runaways knowing she faced being hanged for her actions. This demonstrates her bravery and willingness to risk her own life in order to help others escape slavery.

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  • 7. 

    What effect did the Fugitive Slave Law have on enslaved people?

    • A.

      Owners could no longer reclaim people who escaped slavery.

    • B.

      Runaway slaves could be returned to the South if they were found in the North in the United States.

    • C.

      The law made the sale of enslaved individuals more profitable.

    • D.

      Enslaved individuals were required to do more and more to the point that it made more slaves want to run away.

    Correct Answer
    B. Runaway slaves could be returned to the South if they were found in the North in the United States.
    Explanation
    The Fugitive Slave Law allowed for the capture and return of escaped slaves from the North back to the South. This law made it easier for slave owners to reclaim their escaped slaves and maintain control over them. It also increased the fear and risk for enslaved individuals who attempted to escape to the North, as they could be captured and returned to a life of slavery. This law further reinforced the institution of slavery and the power dynamics between slave owners and enslaved people.

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  • 8. 

    During their journey with Tubman, one of the people (who had helped previously) along the Underground Railroad refused to help them.  What does this action by the individual let us, as readers, know?

    • A.

      Many people refused to help enslaved people

    • B.

      Only a few people knew about Tubman in the North

    • C.

      Life was difficult for the runaways

    • D.

      Helping the fleeing runaways was very dangerous for those who tried to help.

    Correct Answer
    D. Helping the fleeing runaways was very dangerous for those who tried to help.
    Explanation
    The action of one person refusing to help the runaways along the Underground Railroad indicates that helping enslaved people escape was a dangerous endeavor. This suggests that there were risks involved in aiding fugitive slaves, such as potential legal consequences or the threat of violence. It also implies that there may have been a climate of fear and hostility towards those who assisted runaways, making it difficult for them to find support along their journey.

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  • 9. 

    Tubman told the runaways about Thomas Garrett and his giving them shoes in order to....

    • A.

      Help them get through difficult times in Canada

    • B.

      Scare the runaways into joining her in escaping

    • C.

      Remember the joyful stories for a long time

    • D.

      Give the runaways hope of reaching freedom

    Correct Answer
    D. Give the runaways hope of reaching freedom
    Explanation
    Tubman told the runaways about Thomas Garrett and his giving them shoes in order to give the runaways hope of reaching freedom. By sharing this story, Tubman aimed to inspire and motivate the runaways by showing them that there were people who were willing to help them along their journey to freedom. The act of receiving shoes from Garrett symbolized the support and assistance they could expect to receive from others along the way, giving them hope that their efforts would not be in vain and that they could eventually reach freedom.

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  • 10. 

    Why was Tubman's journey into Canada a slow one?

    • A.

      Some of the fugitives were hesitant to keep moving and almost always someone would refuse, thus it became a big struggle

    • B.

      She could only travel at night to avoid being seen/captured

    • C.

      Some of the runaways would always refuse to travel any further and would sit down and say, "NO!!" to moving on

    • D.

      Few of the stations on the Underground Railroad would keep all 11 of her fugitives; therefore, they would move more slowly

    Correct Answer
    B. She could only travel at night to avoid being seen/captured
    Explanation
    Tubman's journey into Canada was a slow one because she could only travel at night to avoid being seen or captured. This limited her movement and progress, as she had to wait for the cover of darkness to continue her journey. This precaution was necessary to ensure the safety of herself and the fugitives she was guiding, but it also slowed down their overall pace.

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  • 11. 

    Harriet Tubman was never afraid.  True or False:

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The correct answer is False because Harriet Tubman, an American abolitionist and political activist, was known for her bravery and fearlessness. She risked her life multiple times to help enslaved individuals escape to freedom through the Underground Railroad. She was a courageous and determined individual who dedicated her life to fighting against slavery.

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  • 12. 

    Petry shows Tubman encouraging the runaways despite her own fear.  This helps CHARACTERIZE Tubman as someone who....

    • A.

      Lived a life that was filled with constant fear

    • B.

      Could put others first and could put aside her fear to help others

    • C.

      Refused to accept reality as others saw it

    • D.

      Wrecklessly put others' lives in danger

    Correct Answer
    B. Could put others first and could put aside her fear to help others
    Explanation
    The correct answer is that Tubman could put others first and could put aside her fear to help others. This is evident from the fact that she is shown encouraging the runaways despite her own fear. This demonstrates her selflessness and willingness to prioritize the well-being of others over her own fears and concerns.

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  • 13. 

    Why did Tubman threaten to shoot one of the 11 runaways?

    • A.

      His attitude infuriated (made her mad) and she couldn't stand his whining anymore

    • B.

      She wanted to scare the other runaways because she had to have them listening to her or they'd all end up caught!

    • C.

      She wanted someone to write down her ventures so that historians would know about her and the man didn't want her to

    • D.

      This man, in particular, thought he wanted to be in control and she had to show him who was boss!

    Correct Answer
    B. She wanted to scare the other runaways because she had to have them listening to her or they'd all end up caught!
    Explanation
    Tubman threatened to shoot one of the 11 runaways because she wanted to scare the other runaways. She believed that it was necessary for them to listen to her, otherwise, they would all end up getting caught. Tubman wanted to establish her authority and make sure that everyone understood the importance of following her instructions to ensure their safety and successful escape.

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  • 14. 

    Why did Tubman want to help enslaved people?

    • A.

      Because she had lived as a free person and wanted others to feel as she did and have freedom

    • B.

      She wanted to become well known as a helper of her own people

    • C.

      She wanted to be compared to Moses from the Bible.

    • D.

      She wanted to be in charge and have others follow her wherever she went.

    Correct Answer
    A. Because she had lived as a free person and wanted others to feel as she did and have freedom
    Explanation
    Tubman wanted to help enslaved people because she had experienced freedom herself and wanted others to have the same opportunity. She empathized with their suffering and desired to share the feeling of liberation with them.

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  • 15. 

    What was the Underground Railroad?

    • A.

      A row of houses that were set up like railroad cars that then took runaway slaves to Canada on a train

    • B.

      A group of people who worked together to aid all people

    • C.

      A series of secret safe houses to help runaway slaves

    • D.

      Harriet Tubman's house where she held freedom clubs for the people

    Correct Answer
    C. A series of secret safe houses to help runaway slaves
    Explanation
    The Underground Railroad was a network of secret safe houses that were used to help runaway slaves escape to freedom. This network was comprised of individuals and groups who worked together to provide shelter, food, and guidance to these escaping slaves. The safe houses were strategically located along various routes, providing a means for slaves to travel from the South to the North, and eventually to Canada where slavery was abolished. The Underground Railroad played a significant role in aiding the escape of thousands of slaves and is a testament to the bravery and resilience of those involved in the abolitionist movement.

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  • 16. 

    What motivational techniques did Tubman use to get the enslaved people to follow her to freedom?

    • A.

      Stories about 'somewhere over the rainbow' and positive happy thoughts, then using whipporwill whistles to make contacts with others

    • B.

      Beatings and hateful messages that coerced (forced) the people to follow her

    • C.

      Storytelling, religious faith, and sometimes physical force

    • D.

      Singing folksongs and spirituals

    Correct Answer
    C. Storytelling, religious faith, and sometimes physical force
    Explanation
    Tubman used storytelling to inspire and motivate the enslaved people, sharing tales of freedom and hope. She also relied on their religious faith, emphasizing that God was on their side and would protect them. In some cases, Tubman had to resort to physical force to ensure compliance and prevent anyone from turning back. These techniques combined helped Tubman in her mission to lead enslaved people to freedom.

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  • 17. 

    How was Tubman able to keep her identity a secret from slave owners?

    • A.

      Tubman traveled only at night and did not light fires or in any way draw attention to the group

    • B.

      She pretended her name was Moses

    • C.

      She told all the slaves she was a man; therefore, the people kept looking for a man instead of for her

    • D.

      She acted like a ghost

    Correct Answer
    A. Tubman traveled only at night and did not light fires or in any way draw attention to the group
    Explanation
    Tubman was able to keep her identity a secret from slave owners by traveling only at night and avoiding any actions that would draw attention to her group, such as lighting fires. This strategy allowed her to remain hidden and avoid detection by slave owners.

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  • 18. 

    What were 2 HUGE dangers the fugitives faced on their journey?

    • A.

      Freezing cold conditions and new shoes

    • B.

      Freezing cold condtions and Tubman's death if caught

    • C.

      Underground Railroad people not being who they said they were

    • D.

      Tired and hungry

    Correct Answer
    B. Freezing cold condtions and Tubman's death if caught
    Explanation
    The correct answer is freezing cold conditions and Tubman's death if caught. This is because the fugitives were escaping during a time when the weather was extremely cold, which posed a significant danger to their survival. Additionally, if they were caught by their pursuers, they faced the threat of Tubman's death, as she was a known abolitionist and conductor of the Underground Railroad. This added a sense of urgency and risk to their journey.

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  • 19. 

    What were 3 of Tubman's CHARACTER TRAITS that helped her in getting so many fugitives to freedom?

    • A.

      Caring and unselfish

    • B.

      Brave, resourceful, and a woman

    • C.

      Brave, intelligent, and unselfish

    • D.

      Hopeful, timid, and intelligent

    Correct Answer
    C. Brave, intelligent, and unselfish
    Explanation
    Tubman's bravery allowed her to face dangerous situations and navigate through hostile territories, ensuring the safety of the fugitives. Her intelligence helped her plan and execute successful escape routes, avoiding capture and detection. Additionally, her unselfishness and dedication to the cause of freedom motivated her to risk her own safety and well-being for the sake of others. These character traits combined made Tubman a formidable leader in the Underground Railroad, enabling her to guide numerous fugitives to freedom.

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  • 20. 

    What does DISHEVELED mean?

    • A.

      Disturbed

    • B.

      Mistreated

    • C.

      Annoyed

    • D.

      Untidy

    Correct Answer
    D. Untidy
    Explanation
    DISHEVELED means untidy. It refers to something that is messy, disordered, or unkempt in appearance. This word is commonly used to describe a person's appearance, such as messy hair or clothing. It can also be used to describe a space or an object that is in a state of disorder or disarray.

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  • 21. 

    SULLEN means...

    • A.

      Anxious

    • B.

      Vicious

    • C.

      Difficult

    • D.

      Depressed

    Correct Answer
    D. Depressed
    Explanation
    The word "sullen" is used to describe someone who is gloomy, morose, or showing a lack of cheerfulness. This aligns with the meaning of "depressed," which refers to a state of sadness or low spirits. Therefore, "depressed" is the correct answer as it best captures the meaning of "sullen."

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  • 22. 

    Instill means...

    • A.

      Supply gradually and made a part of someon

    • B.

      Proceed confidently and with full knowledge

    • C.

      Stand quietly and prevent others from getting in the way

    • D.

      Abandon quickly and rush to safety

    Correct Answer
    A. Supply gradually and made a part of someon
    Explanation
    The word "instill" means to supply gradually and make a part of someone. It implies the process of gradually introducing or implanting something, such as ideas, values, or skills, into someone's mind or character. It suggests a gradual and deliberate approach to ensuring that something becomes ingrained or incorporated into a person's thoughts, beliefs, or behavior.

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  • 23. 

    If you DISPEL something, you are....

    • A.

      Causing unhappiness and fear in someone

    • B.

      Disabling something and keeping with to yourself

    • C.

      Failing to agree with something and going against it

    • D.

      Driving it away or doing away with something

    Correct Answer
    D. Driving it away or doing away with something
    Explanation
    The correct answer for this question is "driving it away or doing away with something". When you dispel something, you are getting rid of it or eliminating it. It means to drive away or do away with something, rather than causing unhappiness and fear, disabling something, or failing to agree with something.

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  • 24. 

    If someone tells you, "Do not LINGER" ---the person is wanting you not to....

    • A.

      Stay longer

    • B.

      Establish trust

    • C.

      Speak softer

    • D.

      Exhibit confidence

    Correct Answer
    A. Stay longer
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "stay longer". When someone tells you not to linger, they are expressing their desire for you to not stay in a particular place or situation for an extended period of time. They want you to avoid lingering or lingering too long in order to move on or complete a task more quickly.

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  • 25. 

    What is ELOQUENCE?

    • A.

      The need to be ntertained all the time

    • B.

      A sequence of carefully planned events that happen one right after the other

    • C.

      The ability to speak very well and persuasively

    • D.

      A way of not getting caught

    Correct Answer
    C. The ability to speak very well and persuasively
    Explanation
    Eloquence refers to the ability to speak in a highly articulate and persuasive manner. It involves using language effectively to convey ideas, emotions, and arguments in a way that captivates and convinces the audience. A person with eloquence can communicate their thoughts and opinions with clarity, fluency, and grace, making a strong impact on others. This skill is often associated with effective public speaking, storytelling, or persuasive writing.

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  • 26. 

    If someone is being cajoled....he/she is being....

    • A.

      Encouraged gently and being persuased

    • B.

      Directed accurately

    • C.

      Inspired continually and constantly

    • D.

      Accidently mislead into something

    Correct Answer
    A. Encouraged gently and being persuased
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "encouraged gently and being persuaded." When someone is being cajoled, it means that they are being gently encouraged and persuaded to do something. The person trying to cajole them may use subtle tactics to convince them, such as flattery or appealing to their emotions. This approach is often used to influence someone without being forceful or aggressive.

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  • 27. 

    Who was William Still? And... What Committee was he involved with?

    • A.

      He recorded the names of the fugitives ---Fugitive Slave Law Committe

    • B.

      He was in charge of the passageway throughout the middle of the U.s. for the fugitives ---Middle Passage Committee

    • C.

      He was in charge of shoes for the fugitives ---Underground Railroad Committee

    • D.

      He recorded the names and plantations of the fugitives ---Philadelphia Vigilance Committee

    Correct Answer
    D. He recorded the names and plantations of the fugitives ---Philadelphia Vigilance Committee
    Explanation
    William Still was involved with the Philadelphia Vigilance Committee. He recorded the names and plantations of the fugitives, which suggests that he played a role in documenting and tracking escaped slaves. The Philadelphia Vigilance Committee was a group dedicated to assisting fugitive slaves and providing them with support and resources on their journey to freedom. By recording their names and plantations, Still helped to document their stories and gather information that could be used to aid other escaped slaves in their quest for freedom.

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  • 28. 

    Who was Frederick Douglass?

    • A.

      The most famous leader of the Underground Railroad

    • B.

      The most famous black man of his time who wrote Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address"

    • C.

      The most famous escaped slave (during Tubman's time) and a vocal statesman and journalist.

    • D.

      A famous senator that attempted to help the fugitives

    Correct Answer
    C. The most famous escaped slave (during Tubman's time) and a vocal statesman and journalist.
    Explanation
    Frederick Douglass was a prominent figure in American history who is best known for being an escaped slave and a vocal advocate for the abolition of slavery. He was a highly influential statesman and journalist, using his platform to speak out against the injustices of slavery and promote equality for all. Douglass's powerful speeches and writings played a significant role in shaping public opinion and advancing the cause of freedom. He was a contemporary of Harriet Tubman, another important figure in the abolitionist movement, but their roles were distinct.

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  • 29. 

    When Harriet is discussed as being like Moses ---Moses is mentioned within Harriet Tubman's Biography ----it is an example of which LITERARY TECHNIQUE?

    • A.

      Personification

    • B.

      Hyperbole

    • C.

      Allusion

    • D.

      Simile

    Correct Answer
    C. Allusion
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Allusion. In this question, Harriet being compared to Moses is an example of an allusion. An allusion is a literary technique where a reference is made to a person, place, event, or literary work that is well-known and recognized by the readers. In this case, the mention of Moses within Harriet Tubman's biography is a reference to the biblical figure who led the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt, highlighting Harriet's role in leading enslaved people to freedom.

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  • 30. 

    What was the Underground Railroad's Password?

    • A.

      "Hope for hope"

    • B.

      "A friend with friends"

    • C.

      "Love helps all!"

    • D.

      "Instill hope always!"

    Correct Answer
    B. "A friend with friends"
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "A friend with friends". The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses used by enslaved African Americans to escape to free states and Canada. In order to ensure safety and identify allies, they used various signals and passwords. "A friend with friends" was one of the passwords used to indicate that a person was a friend of the Underground Railroad and could be trusted to provide assistance and support to escaping slaves.

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