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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 concerned about in Chapter One?

2. Who writes the second preface?

3. What rumor does Douglass tell about himself in Chapter one?

4. What do the slaves produce on the main farm besides tobacco and corn?

5. Who does Phillips watch being dragged off to be lynched?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the West Indies Experiment?

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

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

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

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

6. Why is Douglass so concerned about his age?

7. Describe the Great House Farm.

8. Who is Austin Gore?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At various times throughout Douglass's life, he finds a way to continue to hope, which carries him on in his difficult life as a slave. Discuss three or more examples and the circumstances around these situations. Why is Hope so vital to Douglass and other slaves?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Douglass refers to his faith throughout the book. On the other hand, he criticizes the slaveholders for their meanness in relation to their own faith. Discuss the irony in these situations and how Douglass manages to keep his faith despite the circumstances.

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