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Harriet Tubman Study Guide

Multiple Choice

Identify the letter of the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question.

Comprehension

The questions below refer to the selection “Harriet Tubman.”

____ 1. What is Harriet Tubman trying to accomplish?



a.

She wants to trick the slave owners.

b.

She wants to take the slaves to Pennsylvania.

c.

She wants to convert the slaves to the Quaker religion.

d.

She wants to help people escape slavery.

____ 2. Why does Harriet Tubman plan the escapes for Saturday night?



a.

It is the only time enslaved people are in their cabins.

b.

She wants to gain more time before she will be pursued.

c.

Everyone is in church on Sunday.

d.

All the men who capture runaways are out hunting on Saturdays.

____ 3. Harriet Tubman uses the spiritual “Go Down, Moses” to —



a.

teach the enslaved Africans about their religion

b.

signal her arrival to the enslaved Africans

c.

warn the runaway slaves of approaching danger

d.

give herself courage to go on

____ 4. The Fugitive Slave Law that penalizes slaves and those who help them applies to —



a.

Canada and the United States

c.

Mexico and the United States

b.

Canada

d.

the United States

____ 5. All of the following statements about Harriet Tubman’s journey are correct except —



a.

she travels north on the Underground Railroad

b.

she travels for almost a month to complete her journey

c.

she travels all the way to Canada with eleven slaves

d.

she brought runaways to Thomas Garrett’s home in Wilmington

____ 6. Harriet Tubman tries to encourage the group of runaways by —



a.

threatening them with a gun

b.

explaining the Fugitive Slave Law

c.

telling stories about successful escapes

d.

showing she is not afraid to sleep

____ 7. Harriet Tubman says that she cannot allow anyone from the group to return to the plantation for fear of all the —



a.

slave owners forcing runaways to reveal the true identity of Moses

b.

runaways being forced to lie to the slave owners about the whereabouts of Moses and the Underground Railroad

c.

slave owners punishing the relatives of the runaways

d.

runaways being forced to tell everything about the Underground Railroad to the slave owners

____ 8. What does William Still of Philadelphia do?



a.

He turns away the group because he is afraid of the new laws.

b.

He keeps a secret record of the members of the Underground Railroad.

c.

He accompanies the group to Canada.

d.

He helps to write the Fugitive Slave Law.


____ 9. When Harriet Tubman tells the group, “And freedom’s not bought with dust,” she means that —



a.

people have to work hard to free themselves

b.

freedom is cheap

c.

people have to buy their freedom

d.

even dust is valuable

____ 10. To help tell her story and to give firsthand evidence, the author uses —



a.

an interview with Harriet Tubman

b.

journal notes Tubman kept on the journey north

c.

direct quotations from someone who helped the group

d.

direct quotations from the runaways in the group


Completion

Complete each sentence or statement.

Vocabulary Development (Completion)

The questions below refer to the selection “Harriet Tubman.”


fugitives

incomprehensible

incentive

dispel

eloquence

11. Harriet spoke with ____________________ about the successes of other runaways.

12. The ____________________ escape from their plantations but are not yet free.

13. To the plantation owners, it is ____________________ how the runaways manage to escape.



14. There is one major ____________________ for a slave to run away: his or her freedom.

15. A warm place to sleep and a good meal helps to ____________________ the runaways’ fears.

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