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 old is Ellen when Dr. Flint throws her in jail in an attempt to get information on Brent's whereabouts?

2. When discussing his master's house, Douglass says that people come from all BUT WHICH of the following towns to see the master's garden?

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

4. According to his discussion of his childhood, what is the name of Douglass' mother?

5. How far is the distance between Brent's grandmother's house and the plantation house where Brent is sent to work?

Short Essay Questions

1. When discussing his childhood, why does Douglass say life is generally harder for slaves with white fathers than for other slaves with two black parents?

2. What is Douglass' life like under Mr. Covey?

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

4. 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.

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

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

7. Why, after purchasing her from Dr. Flint, does Mr. Sands agree to send Ellen to the North?

8. According to Chapter 11, what is Douglass' opinion of the Underground Railroad?

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

10. What does Douglass say about the reasons slaves sing in Chapter 2?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In what ways does Douglass' time with Mr. Covey make him more likely to attempt escape? Cite three ways in which Covey's methods backfire. Be sure to include 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

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.

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