Table of Contents | Message Board | Printable Version
1. There are several references to the so-called Christian support of slavery. Compare and contrast the so-called Christians to the characters who live truly Christ-like lives. (Example: The Quakers who help all mankind, whether the recipient is deserving or not)
2. Discuss the divergence of the plot in terms of theme. How do two storylines influence and affect the abolitionist theme?
3. Compare and contrast the personalities of George Harris and Uncle Tom. Explain how each man's personality directs his journey in the novel.
4. Some critics have claimed Uncle Tom's Cabin promotes racial stereotypes and generalizations. Do you agree or disagree? Why or why not?
5. Eva and Topsy are polar opposites in temperament, yet Eva changes Topsy forever by showing her love. Develop a personality profile for each of them, noting changes that take place.
6. St. Clare could have become a saint, a reformer or a martyr instead he becomes "a piece of driftwood." Justify this statement with reference to Augustine St. Clare's character. What thematic purpose does he serve?
7. Several characters change drastically in the novel. Topsy is one. Discuss two or three of the others, noting what events prompted their conversions.
8. There are several mother/child stories in the novel. List some of these stories and compare them to the saga of Eliza and Harry
9. Compare and contrast the four slave owners who have significant roles in Tom's story (Shelby, Haley, St. Clare, and Legree).