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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. In what time period of his life does Douglass's detailed descriptions in Chapter Two take place?

2. Who does Douglass begin Chapter One talking about?

3. Near what river is the main farm Douglass works on?

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

5. What do the white sails of the ships mentioned in the Second Preface symbolize?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Who is Austin Gore?

3. What is the situation surrounding Demby's death?

4. What common practice upsets Douglass?

5. What is the irony regarding the slaves wanting to work at the main farm?

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

7. What does Phillips compare slaves to?

8. What is the West Indies Experiment?

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

10. Why does Phillips say he doesn't want to know Douglass's name or place of birth?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

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

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?

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