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. After Brent's deceiving letters home, Dr. Flint writes to the major of which city in search of her?

3. At the beginning of the narrative, what does Brent say her is brother's name?

4. To which state does Dr. Flint send his son on a visit in Chapter 7?

5. When discussing slave conditions during his childhood, Douglass says that slaves were allotted how many pounds of pork or fish per month?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What bit of good news does Brent receive in Chapter 40, and what bad news overshadows it?

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

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

5. What changes in the last six months of Douglass' time with Mr. Covey?

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

Discuss and analyze the odd behavior of the Woods family. Mr. Woods frequently tells Prince to find another owner, but will not sell her when she does. What reasons do the Woods' have for their treatment of Prince? Present supporting information from the text.

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