The Slave Dancer: Chapters 1-6

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  • 1. 
    Who is Jessie?   
    • A. 

      The narrator's brother.

    • B. 

      The narrator's sister.

    • C. 

      The antagonist.

    • D. 

      The narrator.

  • 2. 
    What is Jessie's mother's occupation?  
    • A. 

      Butter Churner.

    • B. 

      Seamstress.

    • C. 

      Maid.

    • D. 

      Singer.

  • 3. 
    What is a bight?
    • A. 

      A curve or recess in a coastline

    • B. 

      An enclosure in which black slaves were confined for a limited period.

    • C. 

      A small insect that feeds on the fibers of the cotton

    • D. 

      A slave that was too old for any purpose

  • 4. 
    Why is Jessie late coming home at the beginning of the book?   
    • A. 

      He was playing with his friends.

    • B. 

      He was visiting his aunts.

    • C. 

      He was detained at school.

    • D. 

      He was at the slave market.

  • 5. 
    Which crewmember did Jessie fear the most
    • A. 

      Grimes

    • B. 

      Cawthrone

    • C. 

      Stout

    • D. 

      Spark

  • 6. 
    For what were the slaves to be traded in Charleston?
    • A. 

      Tobacco

    • B. 

      Rum

    • C. 

      Molasses

    • D. 

      Land

  • 7. 
    Which country opposed the slave trading business the most?
    • A. 

      Mexico

    • B. 

      England

    • C. 

      Spain

    • D. 

      United States

  • 8. 
    Why was Jessie kidnapped?
    • A. 

      He signed up for the voyage.

    • B. 

      They needed a rat catcher.

    • C. 

      The Captain wanted him so he could play his fife to dance the slaves.

    • D. 

      He wasn't his aunt signed him up.

  • 9. 
    What was the cat-o-nine used for?
    • A. 

      Entertainment

    • B. 

      Punishment

    • C. 

      Steering the ship

    • D. 

      Measuring distance

  • 10. 
    What was stolen from the captain?
    • A. 

      An egg

    • B. 

      Wine

    • C. 

      A chicken

    • D. 

      A hat

  • 11. 
    What problem was evident when The Moonlight entered the Night of Benin?
    • A. 

      It was starting to storm.

    • B. 

      The British had set fire to the barracoon, or confined place holding the captive natives.

    • C. 

      The ship caught on fire.

    • D. 

      The ship was running low on water.

  • 12. 
    What happened to the little girl- the first to be brought aboard the ship?  
    • A. 

      She died on the voyage back.

    • B. 

      Stout through her overboard

    • C. 

      Purvis threw her overboard

    • D. 

      She was beaten to death.

  • 13. 
    Which job didn't Jesse have to do?
    • A. 

      Catch rats

    • B. 

      Cook

    • C. 

      Heaving waste over the side

    • D. 

      Play his fife

  • 14. 
    What name did the Captain give Jessie?
    • A. 

      Little rat

    • B. 

      Fife boy

    • C. 

      Bollweevil

    • D. 

      Young man

  • 15. 
    The smell Jessie detects aboard The Moonlight comes from
    • A. 

      the cargo area where slaves have been confined.

    • B. 

      Spoiled fish caught by the crew

    • C. 

      crew members who have not bathed

    • D. 

      The surrounding bayous

  • 16. 
    The kidnapped Africans are forced to dance on deck because
    • A. 

      If they are healthy they are worth more

    • B. 

      The crew must clean the cargo area

    • C. 

      The crew wants them to enjoy the voyage

    • D. 

      Dancing reduces homesickness and depression

  • 17. 
    The crew must live on reduced rations because
    • A. 

      Most must be saved for the Africans

    • B. 

      they could be caught by the British

    • C. 

      the captain intends on selling any extra food

    • D. 

      Sailors traditionally do without food.

  • 18. 
    Purvis sets up a tent on the deck of The Moonlight
    • A. 

      for the Africans to sit under when they have their meals

    • B. 

      To provide shade for the captain

    • C. 

      to create an area where Jessie can play his fife

    • D. 

      To prevent other ships from seeing the enslaved Africans

  • 19. 
    In chapter 4 of The Slave Dancer, what does Purvis say determines ownership of a ship?
    • A. 

      The flag

    • B. 

      The cargo

    • C. 

      The shroud seal

    • D. 

      The captain's place of birth

  • 20. 
    Why was the male slave forced to drink rum?
    • A. 

      It's a very crude way of preventing the slaves on board the ship from dying.

    • B. 

      It's a very crude way of scaring the other slaves.

    • C. 

      It's is done to entertain the crew.

    • D. 

      The male slave refuses to dance.

  • 21. 
    How many times a week did the slaves have to dance in The Slave Dancer?
    • A. 

      Jessie is forced to play his fife to make the slaves dance every other day.

    • B. 

      Jessie is forced to play his fife to make the slaves dance every day.

    • C. 

      Jessie is forced to play his fife to make the slaves dance at every meal.

    • D. 

      Jessie is forced to play his fife to make the slaves dance once a week.

  • 22. 
    In The Slave Dancer, why is chapter 3 called "The Shrouds"?
    • A. 

      Purvis is declared a thief, whipped, and hung from the shrouds.

    • B. 

      Jessie is forced to clean the shrouds.

    • C. 

      It is a metaphor comparing the ship to the slave trade.

    • D. 

      Jessie is forced to wrap a dead slave in a shroud.

  • 23. 
    Why did the captain have Spark thrown overboard?
    • A. 

      Because he shot a slave

    • B. 

      Because he stole food

    • C. 

      Because he whipped a slave

    • D. 

      Because he was dying

  • 24. 
    What is a cabociero?
    • A. 

      He was a Portuguese black, who was also known as a broker.

    • B. 

      He was a slave that was too old to work.

    • C. 

      He was a Spanish black, who was also known as a broker.

    • D. 

      He was a Portuguese black, who was also known as a slave

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