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Below is the beginning of Harriet Beecher Stowe's 1852 novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin. Her own remark on the chapter is as follows: "in which the reader is introduced to a man of humanity."
Late in the afternoon of a chilly day inFebruary two gentlemen were sitting overtheir wine, in a well-furnished parlour in thetown of P---- in Kentucky in the midst of an05earnest conversation."That is the way I should arrange the matter,"said Mr. Shelby, the owner of the place."The fact is, Tom is an uncommon fellow; heis certainly worth that sum anywhere; steady,10honest, capable, manages my farm like aclock. You ought to let him cover the whole ofthe debt; and you would, Haley, if you'd gotany conscience.""Well, I've got just as much conscience15as any man in business can afford to keep,"said Haley, "and I'm willing to do anything to'blige friends; but this yer, ye see, is too hardon a feller, it really is. Haven't you a boy or galyou could thrown in with Tom?"20"Hum!—none that I could well spare; totell the truth, it's only hard necessity makesme sell at all." Here the door opened, anda small quadroon boy, remarkably beautifuland engaging, entered with a comic air25of assurance which showed he was usedto being petted and noticed by his master."Hulloa, Jim Crow," said Mr. Shelby, snappinga bunch of raisins towards him, "pick thatup, now!" The child scampered, with all his30little strength after the prize, while his masterlaughed. "Tell you what," said Haley, "fling inthat chap, and I'll settle the business, I will."At this moment a young woman, obviouslythe child's mother, came in search of him,35and Haley, as soon as she had carried himaway, turned to Mr. Shelby in admiration."By Jupiter!" said the trader, "there's anarticle now! You might make your fortune onthat one gal in Orleans, any way. What shall I40say for her? What'll you take?""Mr. Haley, she is not to be sold. I say no,and I mean no," said Mr. Shelby, decidedly."Well, you'll let me have the boy, though.""I would rather not sell him," said Mr.45Shelby; "the fact is, I'm a humane man, and Ihate to take the boy from his mother, sir.""Oh, you do? La, yes, I understand perfectly.It is mighty unpleasant getting onwith women sometimes. I al'ays hates these50yer screechin' times. As I manages business,I generally avoids 'em, sir. Now, whatif you get the gal off for a day or so? then thething's done quietly. It's always best to do thehumane thing, sir; that's been my experience."55"I'd like to have been able to kick thefellow down the steps," said Mr. Shelby tohimself, when the trader had bowed himselfout. "And Eliza's child, too! I know I shall havesome fuss with the wife about that, and for60that matter, about Tom, too! So much forbeing in debt, heigho!"The prayer-meeting at Uncle Tom's Cabinhad been protracted to a very late hour, andTom and his worthy helpmeet were not yet65asleep, when between twelve and one therewas a light tap on the window pane."Good Lord! what's that?" said Aunt Chloe,starting up. "My sakes alive, if it aint Lizzy!Get on your clothes, old man, quick. I'm70gwine to open the door." And suiting theaction to the word, the door flew open, andthe light of the candle which Tom had hastilylighted, fell on the face of Eliza. "I'm runningaway, Uncle Tom and Aunt Chloe—carrying75off my child. Master sold him.""Sold him?" echoed both, holding up theirhands in dismay."Yes, sold him!" said Eliza firmly. "I creptinto the closet by mistress's door to-night,80and I heard master tell missus that he hadsold my Harry and you, Uncle Tom, both to atrader, and that the man was to take possessionto-day."Slowly, as the meaning of this speech85came over Tom, he collapsed on his old chair,and sunk his head on his knees.
1. Which choice provides the best summary of what happened in the passage?
2. Haley is best characterized as a/an
3. As used in line 31, the phrase "fling in" most closely means
4. Mr. Shelby's treatment of the child in lines 27-32 is best described as
5. As used in line 38, the word "article" most closely means
6. The passage most strongly implies that Tom's reaction to hearing of Mr. Shelby's plans for him is one of
7. Which option gives the best evidence for the answer to the previous question?
8. It can reasonably be inferred that Mr. Shelby places the highest value on which character?
9. Which option gives the best evidence for the answer to the previous question?
10. The "light tap" made by Eliza in line 66 suggests that she
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