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Short Answer Questions - Preface by the Author and Introduction by the Editor | Chapter 1, Childhood

1. Why is the author hesitant to write her book?
2. What is the author's purpose for writing this book?
3. What is the author's alias used in the story?
4. What part of Linda's life is unusually happy for a slave?
5. At what age does Linda first discover that she is a slave?
6. How are Aunt Marthy and Linda related?
Short Answer Questions - Chapter 2, The New Master and Mistress | Chapter 3, The Slave's New Year's Day

1. Who finds it difficult to adjust to life in bondage in Chapter 2?
2. Who exposes Linda to the hardships of slavery for the first time?
3. Why does Linda never go hungry?
4. When does the slave auction and hiring day occur each year?
5. Why do the slaves fear auction/hiring day?
6. When Linda is sent to the Flint house she witnesses countless horrors. Why is one slave beaten within an inch of his life?
Short Answer Questions - Chapter 4, The Slave who Dared to Feel Like a Man | Chapter 5, The Trials of Girlhood

1. How are Benjamin and Linda related?
2. What does Mrs. Flint take away from Linda?
3. Which character sees Benjamin in New York?
4. What happens to Linda when she reaches the age of 15?
5. The sexual abuse of young female slaves is...?
6. How does the Flint family treat their slaves?
Short Answer Questions - Chapter 6, The Jealous Mistress | Chapter 7, The Lover

1. Which character is jealous of Linda?
2. Approximately how many slave children has Dr. Flint fathered?
3. How are the biracial children of slaveholders treated?
4. Who does Linda fall in love with?
5. What does Linda's lover propose to do for her?
6. What does Linda convince her lover to do?
Short Answer Questions - Chapter 8, What Slaves are Taught to Believe About the North | Chapter 9, Sketches of Neighboring Slaveholders

1. What do the slaveholders tell the slaves about life in the Northern states?
2. Dr. Flint tells Linda that he has seen an escaped friend of hers in the free states, living in such terrible circumstances that she begs for what?
3. How do Northerners who move South and purchase slaves tend to treat their slaves?
4. What types of activities are common on Mr. Litch's plantation?
5. Which of the following terms best describes good, kind slaveholders?
6. What is the man's name who dies a horrific way on Mr. Litch's plantation?
Short Answer Questions - Chapter 10, A Perilous Passage in a Slave Girl's Life | Chapter 11, A New Tie to Life

1. In Chapter 10, Dr. Flint is still determined to have his way with Linda. What plan does he devise to remove Linda from the watchful eyes of those who love her?
2. Who does Linda have an affair with to thwart Dr. Flint's plan?
3. What news does Linda grace Dr. Flint with on the day she is to move into her new house?
4. The author anticipates that the reading public will judge her harshly for what action?
5. What work does William perform for Dr. Flint?
6. What does Mr. Sands promise Aunt Marthy?
Short Answer Questions - Chapter 12, Fear of Insurrection | Chapter 13, The Church and Slavery

1. What is a muster?
2. How often does the town usually have a muster?
3. What event prompts Linda's town to have a muster?
4. At what time of day are the slaves allowed to attend church?
5. What is the main message behind Mr. Pike's sermons?
6. Whom does Linda teach to read despite the fear of being caught?
Short Answer Questions - Chapter 14, Another Link to Life | Chapter 15, Continued Persecutions

1. What is the gender of Linda's second child?
2. Linda's second child reveals the identity of which character?
3. Why doesn't Linda give her children their father's last name?
4. How does Dr. Flint try to force Linda into submission after she has her children?
5. Why doesn't Linda believe Dr. Flint's threats and promises?
6. After Linda rejects Dr. Flint for the final time, where does he send her to work?
Short Answer Questions - Chapter 16, Scenes at the Plantation | Chapter 17, The Flight

1. Who does Linda bring with her to the plantation?
2. What item does the young Mrs. Flint deny an old feeble slave?
3. How many miles does Linda have to walk to see her family?
4. Why doesn't Linda tell her family about her hiding place?
5. What does Linda take from her grandmother's house to make it appear as though she has run up North?
6. What is posted within 24 hours of Linda's disappearance?
Short Answer Questions - Chapter 18, Months of Peril | Chapter 19, The Children Sold

1. How does Linda receive a venomous snake bite?
2. Who offers to hide Linda after she has hidden in the bushes?
3. Where does Dr. Flint travel while searching for Linda?
4. Who becomes very ill in jail and goes to live with the Flints?
5. Who buys Linda's children from the Flints?
6. Who informs Linda that her children have been sold?
Short Answer Questions - Chapter 20, New Perils | Chapter 21, The Loophole of Retreat

1. What character is arrested on charges of helping Linda escape?
2. Why is Linda hiding in the swamps?
3. After Linda hides in the swamps, what is the location of her new hiding spot?
4. What name does Linda call her new hiding spot?
5. What tool does Linda use to make a hole in her hiding place?
6. How long does Linda stay in her hiding place?
Short Answer Questions - Chapter 22, Christmas Festivities | Chapter 23, Still in Prison

1. What does Linda make for her children at Christmas?
2. Whom does Aunt Marthy invite over for Christmas dinner?
3. Why do Benny and Ellen believe in Santa Claus?
4. What event happens to Linda during her second winter in her den?
5. Who visits Aunt Marthy when she is ill?
6. What is Benny bitten by, causing him to become seriously injured?
Short Answer Questions - Chapter 24, The Candidate for Congress | Chapter 25, Competition in Cunning

1. For what political party does Mr. Sands run for office?
2. Why does Linda risk coming out of hiding to talk to Mr. Sands?
3. Who must Linda wait for to help her return to her den after she meets Mr. Sands?
4. Where does Dr. Flint clearly believe Linda escapes to?
5. What item does Linda send to Dr. Flint to confirm his beliefs?
6. What does Dr. Flint do with the item Linda sends to her grandmother?
Short Answer Questions - Chapter 26, Important Era in My Brother's Life

1. Why does William accompany Mr. Sands to Washington?
2. How does Mr. Sands feel about William's work ethic?
3. Mr. Sands considers William to be a coworker and a what?
4. What does William do when he is in Washington?
5. How do Linda and her grandmother feel when William is no longer a daily part of their lives?
6. How do Linda and William remain connected?
Short Answer Questions - Chapter 27, New Destination for the Children

1. Who does Mr. Sands inform of his true relationship with Benny and Ellen?
2. How does the person in question 85 react to Mr. Sands' news?
3. Who does Linda send to try to dissuade Mr. Sands from his plans for her children?
4. What is Mr. Sands' response to Linda's demands?
5. Where is Ellen sent to live?
6. Who does not remember Linda?
Short Answer Questions - Chapter 28, Aunt Nancy

1. In whose household is Aunt Nancy a slave?
2. Why does Linda feel that Aunt Nancy is 'slowly murdered'?
3. Where does Mrs. Flint want Aunt Nancy buried?
4. Why does Mrs. Flint want Aunt Nancy buried in a specific spot?
5. Who pays the expenses for Aunt Nancy's funeral?
6. Who is unable to attend Aunt Nancy's funeral?
Short Answer Questions - Chapter 29, Preparations for Escape

1. For approximately how many years does Linda stay in hiding before an opportunity to escape arises?
2. Who arranges for Linda's escape?
3. Although Linda initially accepts the opportunity to escape, she is talked into staying. Who does Linda give her opportunity to?
4. Linda changes her mind, and goes ahead and flees North when someone spots her. Who is it?
5. Which character does Linda meet with before she departs on her journey North?
6. During Linda's meeting with the character in question #101, what information is discovered?
Short Answer Questions - Chapter 30, Northward Bound

1. How does Linda escape from the South?
2. Where is Linda's escape route from the South taking her first?
3. Which character leaves with Linda when she escapes from the South?
4. Why doesn't the character in question #105 feel any pity for Linda when told about Linda's living conditions for the past several years?
5. Why is Linda unable to trust the captain in charge of her escape?
6. How many days does Linda's journey take to reach her first destination?
Short Answer Questions - Chapter 31, Incidents in Philadelphia

1. Who continues to go out of his way to help Linda and her companion when they reach Philadelphia?
2. Why is Linda overwhelmed by the big city sights and sounds?
3. Who does Linda meet soon after she arrives at her first destination in the North?
4. What is the occupation of the character Linda meets soon after she arrives at her first destination in the North?
5. What event happens during Linda's first night in the big city that makes her aware of the differences between life in the North versus life in the South?
6. What group of people does Linda's host introduce her to in order to help her continue her journey to New York?
Short Answer Questions - Chapter 32, The Meeting of Mother and Daughter

1. On what mode of transportation does Linda continue her journey to New York?
2. In what part of New York does Linda meet up with Ellen?
3. In whose house does Linda meet her daughter?
4. What two things does Linda immediately notice about Ellen?
5. What circumstances prevent Ellen from going to live with Linda?
6. After Linda's meeting with Ellen, whom does she begin looking for?
Short Answer Questions - Chapter 33, A Home Found

1. Why is Linda concerned about finding employment in Chapter 33?
2. What family ends up employing Linda?
3. What job type, or title, does Linda secure?
4. What country is Linda's new employer from?
5. What obstacle does Linda face at her new job that is remedied by her new employer?
6. What horrific truth does Linda learn about Ellen's situation with the Hobbs'?
Short Answer Questions - Chapter 34, The Old Enemy Again

1. Who writes Emily Flint's letter to Linda?
2. What one lie does the author point out in the letter from Emily?
3. After Linda receives the letter from the Flints, who comes to New York to look for her?
4. When Linda hears that someone from her hometown is coming to find her, where does Linda flee?
5. Who does Linda send for while hiding in a Northern city?
6. Why is Linda upset by some of Benny's remarks when he arrives in Boston?
Short Answer Questions - Chapter 35. Prudjudice Against Color

1. Why is Linda reprimanded for sitting with her employers at meal times?
2. After Linda's reprimands, where does she begin having her meals?
3. Who complains about delivering meals to Linda?
4. Who is Linda mad at for allowing themselves to be treated as second-class citizens?
5. Who does Linda run into on the street on her way to the Hobbs' residence?
6. Who is staying at the Hobbs' house when Linda goes to visit Ellen?
Short Answer Questions - Chapter 36, A Hairbreadth Escape

1. Even though Linda has made several attempts to avoid this person at the Hobbs' house, who requests to see her?
2. Who is Mr. Thorpe grateful to for bestowing kindness onto him?
3. Who does Mr. Thorpe write a letter to, telling this person Linda's whereabouts?
4. What information does Linda tell Mrs. Bruce before she leaves the family?
5. How does Mrs. Bruce react to the news that Linda confesses to her?
6. When Linda goes into hiding in Boston, who lives with her there?
Short Answer Questions - Chapter 37, A Visit to England

1. Which character dies while Linda is in hiding in Boston?
2. Who does Mr. Bruce want Linda to accompany to England?
3. Where does Linda leave Benny when she travels to England?
4. Where does Linda leave Ellen when she travels to England?
5. What city is the first stop on Linda's trip to England?
6. While in Steventon, Linda witnesses severe poverty that she's never seen before. Although Linda feels sorry for these people, she also believes that they are lucky. Why does Linda feel this way?
Short Answer Questions - Chapter 38, Renewed Invitations to go South

1. How does Ellen fare while Linda is in England?
2. What distressing news does Linda discover about Benny when she returns to Boston?
3. Linda receives a letter from her legal owner shortly after her return from England. Who is Linda's legal owner?
4. What does the letter from Linda's legal owner state?
5. What worries Linda about the Flints/Dodges?
6. Why does Linda no longer want to buy her freedom from the Flints/Dodges?
Short Answer Questions - Chapter 39, The Confession

1. Where is Ellen send to finish her schooling?
2. Who offers to pay for Ellen's schooling?
3. Although Linda is saddened by the thought of sending her daughter off to boarding school, why does she still allow her to go?
4. What does Linda wish to tell Ellen before she departs for boarding school?
5. What is Ellen's response to Linda's confession before Ellen returns to New York for boarding school?
6. What do Linda and William start up in Rochester?
Short Answer Questions - Chapter 40, The Fugitive Slave Law

1. Where do William and Benny decide to move after Linda returns from England?
2. Left alone again, who does Linda go to work for after her return from England?
3. What is the Fugitive Slave Law?
4. What is the name of the escaped slave that Linda runs into on the streets of New York, that is also from her hometown?
5. How does the escaped slave that Linda runs into procure funds to escape from slavery?
6. When Linda has to go into hiding after The Fugitive Slave Law is enacted, whom does she take with her for protection?
Short Answer Questions - Chapter 41, Free at Last

1. Who does Linda receive letters from quite often even though this person is illiterate?
2. What good news does one of Aunt Marthy's letters bring?
3. Who terrifies Linda when she finds out that they are staying at a hotel in New York?
4. Who is finally able to purchase Linda's freedom for her?
5. How much is paid for Linda's freedom?
6. What honor is bestowed upon Uncle Phillip when he passes away?


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