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. Garrison states in his Preface that Douglass proves slaves in Maryland were treated slightly better than slaves in all BUT WHICH of the following states?

2. After the slave auction, which of Brent's relatives and fellow slaves resolves to run away?

3. For which relative does Douglass feel especially sorry after the death of his former master?

4. What is the name of the ship on which Douglass is sent from Baltimore to St. Michael's?

5. In Chapter 9, all BUT WHICH of the following are fellow kitchen slaves?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Brent refuse Emily Dodge's request that she return home?

2. Why does Brent start to fear her master when she is 15 years old?

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

4. What sort of reception does Douglass find in the household of Thomas Auld?

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

6. According to Douglass, why does Mrs. Hicks murder the young slave girl who was watching the baby?

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

8. Explain the ploy by which Brent is able to convince Dr. Flint that she has indeed run away to New York while she is really hiding in her grandmother's attic.

9. What is the fate of Douglass' grandmother in Chapter 8?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Mary Prince presents the description of her mother crying for the children who are to be sold as similar to that of a mother crying for a child who has died. Analyze and discuss this description in a well-developed essay, citing supporting information from the text.

Essay Topic 2

One of Vassa's masters, Mr. King, is kind to his slaves and refuses to beat or abuse them. Instead, he simply sells slaves with whom he is unhappy. Mr. King is a Quaker, and his refusal to torture his slaves is likely in keeping with his religious beliefs. Based on King's treatment of his slaves, does he deserve the title of a good slave owner? The slaves he sells are likely to be abused by their purchasers; does King bear any responsibility for their fate? In a well-developed essay, frame an argument as to whether King is an above-average slave owner or if, by reason of negligence or antipathy, he is just as bad as any other. Use supporting information from the text.

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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