Short Essay Questions Key
1. What is placed before the beginning of the narrative, and what does it show?
Before the beginning of the narrative, there is a detailed family tree of the Lewis Family that shows all the descendants of Muhammad Bilal after his journey to America.
2. What do Muhammad's shackles mean to his descendants?
The descendants of Muhammad see the shackles placed on him at his capture as symbols of strength, endurance, and, in a strange way, freedom.
3. What makes it hard for many slave descendants to track their family history?
Many descendants of former slaves have a hard time tracking their family history because the slaves were sold and moved and killed at random, making it hard for true lineage to be tracked in most cases.
4. What is a boom stick?
A boom stick is what Muhammad and the other captured slaves referred to guns as because they had never seen advanced and modern weapons like them before so they just looked like big sticks that boomed.
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