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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. While preparing to take her children to be sold, who does Prince's mother tell that her turn to be parted from her child will come?

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

3. At the beginning of his narrative, Vassa informs readers that he was born in which African province?

4. What is the name of Vassa's young American friend on the ship in Chapter 3?

5. Prince is born on a farm belonging to which of the following individuals?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the conflict between Vassa and Mr. Read after he is freed?

2. In Chapter 6, what decision does Vassa say he has reached about the life of a free black person?

3. 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.

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

5. What events lead to Prince being placed with Mrs. Pruden, after her service with the Williams family?

6. Describe the manner in which Vassa earns the nickname "Captain" after purchasing his freedom.

7. What does Pringle state about his wishes for British law in regards to slavery at the end of his Supplement to Prince's narrative?

8. Describe Vassa's response to his continued slavery after he is sold.

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

10. What is the subject of the poem at the end of Chapter 10?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Pick one other slave author with whom to compare and contrast Asa-Asa's story. Cite three examples in which Asa-Asa's narrative and your choice are similar, and be sure to include supporting information from both narratives.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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