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. Wendell Phillips is the son of a mayor of what city in Massachusetts?

2. What stays in Douglass's memory for the rest of his life?

3. What is Douglass irritated with his mother for?

4. How many overseers are there for the farms that Colonel Edward Lloyd owns?

5. Garrison asks the reader for sympathy for whom?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Phillips compare slaves to?

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

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

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

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

7. What is the situation surrounding Demby's death?

8. Why does Garrison make Douglass seem to be so important to the abolitionist movement?

9. Give two examples of slaves who are murdered that Douglass mentions in Chapter Four.

10. What information does Douglass know about himself?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Define what an abolitionist is to Douglass. Describe giving examples of the risks abolitionists face and their possible reasons for doing so. Why does Douglass want to risk his new-found freedom to help with the anti-slavery movement?

Essay Topic 2

Douglass uses multiple themes that run through either part of or the whole book. An example of this is the hunger that he experiences. Choose one or more of the themes that Douglass uses and write about them.

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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