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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. Who is Frederick Douglass's first master?

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

3. Who does Douglass's first master have as a supervisor?

4. What is Douglass's concern symbolic for?

5. Who writes the first preface of the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the irony regarding the slaves wanting to work at the main farm?

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

3. Give and explain an example of irony that Douglass uses in Chapter Six.

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

5. Why is Douglass called back to his birth place?

6. What is the West Indies Experiment?

7. What does Douglass say about New Bedford?

8. Describe the reason for Douglass wanting to learn to write and how he sets out to accomplish it.

9. Why does Douglass decide to learn to read?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Douglass wants to escape, but at various points in his story gets discouraged. Discuss three examples of when Douglass gets discouraged. Why does Douglass get discouraged? If the examples given did not occur, would Douglass have gotten to freedom more quickly? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Douglass discusses situations in which slaves try to give respect and win favor with their masters. Give examples and explain why the slaves do this considering the way they are treated. Did Douglass ever participate in this? Why or why not?

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