Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. Why is this book an important piece of American literature?

This book is important to American literature because it shows a first-hand account of the horrors and cruelties of slavery.

2. Using examples from the text, give three instances supporting the author's claim that she had a happy childhood.

Linda had a happy childhood because for the first six years of her life she was able to live in a house with her mother and father. Her childhood was also happy because she was unaware that she and her family were slaves. The author also states that she was happy in the home of her first mistress because the woman treated her like a human being and taught her how to read and write.

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