Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself Test | Final 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 is Douglass happy about receiving for his trip to help one of his master's relatives?

2. What does Douglass hope for by going to the new farm where he is lent to a man for a year?

3. Who does Douglass say the slaveholders feel they are protected by?

4. What causes Douglass to hate the slaveholders even more than usual?

5. Who tries to help Douglass learn the alphabet?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Define abolitionist and the effect on Douglass of learning the word.

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

5. What is Douglass's life like at first while working for Mr. Covey?

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

7. What does Thomas say is the worst thing Douglass does?

8. What is the point-of-view in Chapter Five?

9. How does Douglass learn to read?

10. Explain the hopefulness of Douglass in Chapter Five.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Every decision made determines the direction our life goes from that point forward. What are three examples of pivotal decisions Douglass makes throughout the narrative that greatly affect how his life turns out? Also, explain Douglass's reasoning for each of his decisions. Did they turn out the way he expected them to?

Essay Topic 3

Douglass discusses multiple people who have an effect in his life. Write about two or more of these people, explaining why they are important to Douglass and how they affected his life.

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