Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 the Colonel do when the slaves disrespect him?

2. What body of water does Phillips say Douglass has seen the ships sailing on?

3. What is the competition among the slaves?

4. What does the slave master who replaced Mr. Hopkins want to do?

5. Who writes the second preface?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the white children know that black slaves do not?

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

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

4. Who is William Lloyd Garrison?

5. What is the importance of Douglass knowing the slave master's family's names?

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

7. Who is Wendell Phillips?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topic 2

Douglass discusses some of his family as well as his masters. What sorts of things does Douglass learn from observing both his family as well as his masters over the years? Does each 'family' teach him different things, or do they have some of the same lessons?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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