Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. When Mr. Lanman brags about the two killings what happens?

2. When is Garrison's newspaper published?

3. Why is Douglass shocked at seeing the female slave being beaten?

4. What happens when Phillips goes to the police about issues related to slavery?

5. What is the "West Indies Experiment?"

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is William Lloyd Garrison?

2. What common practice upsets Douglass?

3. In the Preface, how does Garrison describe Douglass?

4. What information does Douglass know about himself?

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

6. What upsets Douglass about his mother's death?

7. Why is Douglass so concerned about his age?

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

9. Why does Garrison's Preface seem more like a religious sermon?

10. Who is Wendell Phillips?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Douglass describes situations, such as not wanting to put details about his escape route into his story for fear of other slaves not getting a chance to escape, that give the reader an idea about the type of person he is. Write about whom Douglass is and the type of character he has. Cite examples from the book to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

Douglass wants to escape, but at various points in his story gets discouraged. Discuss three examples of when Douglass gets discouraged. Why does Douglass get discouraged? If the examples given did not occur, would Douglass have gotten to freedom more quickly? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Every decision made determines the direction our life goes from that point forward. What are three examples of pivotal decisions Douglass makes throughout the narrative that greatly affect how his life turns out? Also, explain Douglass's reasoning for each of his decisions. Did they turn out the way he expected them to?

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