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. In Chapter Five, why does Douglass not get treated as poorly as the other slaves?

2. Where does Douglass's master go in Chapter Nine that changes his behavior?

3. What does Douglass compare the treatment of slaves in the city to?

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

5. Where does Douglass sleep while working on the plantation as a child?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the difference between a slave in the country versus one in the city?

2. What is Douglass's life as a young slave like?

3. What is Douglass's life like while with Mr. Freeland?

4. Why does Douglass decide to learn to read?

5. What is Douglass's grandmother's situation in Chapter Eight?

6. How does Douglass learn to read?

7. Why is Douglass so captivated with Mrs. Auld?

8. Why does Douglass begin to see his learning to read as a curse?

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

10. What does Douglass washing in the river symbolize?

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 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

After escaping to freedom, Douglass becomes an anti-slavery speaker and writes a book on his life as a slave. Is Douglass exploiting his life as a slave for profit? Are the other abolitionists who encourage Douglass also exploiting him for their own purposes? Why or why not?

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