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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 3, Vassa has chillblains and is unable to enjoy which place he'd been excited to see?

2. What is the name of the new Captain who replaces Vassa's deceased former master in Chapter 8?

3. What is the name of Vassa's friend who teaches him to shave and read?

4. In his exploration of religions, Vassa touches on all BUT WHICH of the following religions?

5. After Mr. I--------- sends Prince to Turk's Island, how long is she aboard the ship?

Short Essay Questions

1. After Hetty's death, Prince is severely beaten for what mistake?

2. With what illnesses does Vassa contend upon arriving in London?

3. Describe the trick men attempt to use to capture Vassa in Savannah.

4. Describe the Embrenche mark as detailed by Vassa when discussing his tribe's culture.

5. Explain Prince's mother's remark made to a fellow slave while preparing her children for sale, that the woman's turn will come next.

6. When discussing his culture, Vassa notes that they have several things in common with Jews; what are these similarities?

7. Describe the concerns of Vassa's master when another slave accuses Vassa of plotting to escape and the resultant agreement about Vassa's freedom.

8. Describe Vassa's early childhood as discussed in Chapter 2.

9. What description does Vassa give of the Indians he and Dr. Irving meet in Cadiz?

10. What reason does Pringle give in the preface for why the full names of Captain and Mrs. I---- and Mr. D---- have not been printed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In a well-developed essay, critique Prince's decision to remain in England rather than returning home to Antigua and her husband. Be sure to include supporting information from her narrative.

Essay Topic 2

Is there anything to Mr. Auld's argument that educating a slave is dangerous? Cite and discuss three ways in which an educated slave might be detrimental to the slave system, using supporting information from the text.

Essay Topic 3

In a well-developed essay, explore the concept of age as it relates to Douglass. What does chronological age represent for him? Illustrate the ways in which age is a symbol for Douglass' slavery.

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