The Classic Slave Narratives 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. How long does Douglass live with his rented master?

2. After Brent's disappearance, Dr. Flint sells William and the two children for what sum?

3. According to Chapter 2, which of the following were NOT children of Douglass' master?

4. How many slaves does Brent say Mr. Litch owns?

5. In Garrison's Preface, he says that he sought the aid of the General Agent of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society. What is the name of this man?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Douglass not explain how he managed to escape to New York?

2. What fright does Brent face in Chapters 35 and 36?

3. At the beginning of his narrative, what reason does Douglass give for not knowing how old he is?

4. As Brent's narrative begins, when and how does Brent find out that she is a slave?

5. Describe the process by which Mrs. Bruce is able to buy Brent's freedom from Mr. Dodge.

6. To what does Douglass attribute the negative changes in the Aulds toward the end of his time with them?

7. What is the result when Brent falls in love with a free black man?

8. Describe the process by which Douglass teaches himself to write after Mrs. Auld stops teaching him.

9. What is the result of Brent's repeated correspondence with Dr. Flint in Chapter 34?

10. What bittersweet moment does Brent have about her grandmother toward the end of her narrative?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

According to Mary Prince, the people at the slave auction look at the slaves carelessly. Why might she feel that way, and why might the auction attendees really be careless about it? Cite supporting information from the text.

Essay Topic 2

All four of the authors represented in this collection have slightly different reasons for writing their stories. Compare and contrast their motives in a well-developed essay. Include supporting information from all four narratives.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Douglass' view of the Underground Railroad with the more conventional view. What arguments does Douglass give against the Railroad? Cite supporting information from his narrative.

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