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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Douglass irritated with his mother for?

2. What is the possible real reason that the female slave was beaten?

3. How long is the food that is given to the adult slaves suppose to last?

4. What does Frederick Douglass say disgusts him?

5. While Douglass talks about slavery, what does he have flashbacks about?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the punishment, if any, for killing a slave?

2. Why do the slaves claim that their master is better than other slaves' masters?

3. What common practice upsets Douglass?

4. Describe the Great House Farm.

5. In the Preface, why does Mr. Garrison talk about a story that Daniel O'Connell has previously told?

6. What is the importance of Douglass knowing the slave master's family's names?

7. What does Douglass point out about the adultery occurring between the masters and the female slaves?

8. How are Colonel Lloyd's horses and carriages cared for?

9. What does Douglass mention in particular about the slaves suffering?

10. How is Garrison's Preface different than other prefaces?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The slave masters tears down and strips the slaves of their personalities. How is this process accomplished by the slave masters? Is this an effective method of controlling the slaves? Why or Why not?

Essay Topic 2

Define what an abolitionist is to Douglass. Describe giving examples of the risks abolitionists face and their possible reasons for doing so. Why does Douglass want to risk his new-found freedom to help with the anti-slavery movement?

Essay Topic 3

Douglass uses multiple themes that run through either part of or the whole book. An example of this is the hunger that he experiences. Choose one or more of the themes that Douglass uses and write about them.

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