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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. How many farms does Colonel Edward Lloyd own?

2. How many shirts does each working slave get for a year?

3. In what city in Massachusetts does Garrison hear the speech about slavery?

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

5. Which state does Frederick Douglass come from?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Philips say about Douglass and his life of slavery?

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

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

4. Describe in detail what is given to the slaves by the slaveholder.

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

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

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

8. Who is Austin Gore?

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

10. What does Phillips compare slaves to?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Douglass has had multiple masters throughout his life as a slave. Give examples of three of his masters and explain the effects they have on Douglass. Which master had the greatest effect on Douglas, and was that effect positive or negative?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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