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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. What best defines what mulatto means?

3. Who does Douglass begin Chapter One talking about?

4. What does Wendell Phillips do for a living?

5. Approximately how many issues of his newspaper does Garrison publish?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens to Douglass after subscribing to The Liberator?

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

3. What does Douglass say about New Bedford?

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

5. Why does Douglass say he sees more clearly the results of slavery?

6. Why is Douglass so captivated with Mrs. Auld?

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

8. What is the West Indies Experiment?

9. What is Douglass's life like while with Mr. Freeland?

10. What happens once Douglass gets to New York?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Douglass uses symbolism throughout his book. Define symbolism and discuss three examples of its use by Douglass.

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

Explain and give examples of how Douglass learns to read and write. Explain how his learning to read and write affects him both in a good as well as a bad way. Were there any other skills that Douglass learned that both helped and hindered him?

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