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

2. Phillips compares the Mississippi Valley to a story in what publication?

3. What brings tears to Douglass's eyes?

4. What does the father and son slave team take care of on the Colonel's farm?

5. What is the writer of the second preface famous for?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Douglass say about New Bedford?

3. What is the situation that causes Douglass to go work for Mr. Walter Price?

4. How does Douglass learn to read?

5. Who is Wendell Phillips?

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

7. What is the difference between a slave in the country versus one in the city?

8. What is the situation that causes Mr. Covey to fear Douglass?

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

10. Give two examples of slaves who are murdered that Douglass mentions in Chapter Four.

Essay 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

Douglass uses irony throughout his book. Define irony and then discuss three examples of irony that Douglass uses. Why does Douglass use irony in describing his experiences as a slave?

Essay Topic 3

After escaping to freedom, Douglass becomes an anti-slavery speaker and writes a book on his life as a slave. Is Douglass exploiting his life as a slave for profit? Are the other abolitionists who encourage Douglass also exploiting him for their own purposes? Why or why not?

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