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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 does Colonel Lloyd do about one of his slaves getting killed?

2. Why do the slaves say kind words about their masters?

3. How many years does Garrison publish his newspaper?

4. Who says, "I speak advisedly when I say this,--that killing a slave, or any colored person, in Talbot County, Maryland, is not treated as a crime, either by the courts or the community."

5. What does the Colonel do when the slaves disrespect him?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Garrison make Douglass seem to be so important to the abolitionist movement?

2. Why does Phillips risk his life to be a part of the anti-slavery movement?

3. What information does Douglass know about himself?

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

5. How does Douglass compare slaves to animals?

6. What is the importance of the songs that slaves sing?

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

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

9. What common practice upsets Douglass?

10. Describe the Great House Farm.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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