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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. After a trip to the West Indies in 1771, what profession does Equiano follow for about two years, before going back to sea?
(a) Hairdressing.
(b) French horn playing.
(c) Acting.
(d) Tailoring.

2. Why does Equiano feel uncomfortable with his shipmates after October 6?
(a) No one else on the ship is a Christian, so he has no one to share his happiness with.
(b) He will not make any money, since all his funds were invested in the turkeys that died.
(c) Everyone blames him for the shipwreck.
(d) His shipmates no longer think he is a good sailor, since he fell overboard.

3. What does Equiano's experience on Mulgrave's expedition make him worry about?
(a) Religion and the afterlife.
(b) Money.
(c) Frostbite.
(d) Being kidnapped.

4. Once they are on the desert island, what does the crew do for food?
(a) They become cannibals.
(b) They eat nothing.
(c) They catch fish.
(d) They eat their clothes.

5. What is the purpose of the expedition led by Lord Mulgrave that Equiano joins?
(a) To find the northwest passage from the United States to China.
(b) To find a northeast passage to India.
(c) To measure the polar ice cap.
(d) To reach the North Pole.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the profession of the dying man who Captain Farmer cares for in his illness?

2. What sight does Equiano find strange in Turkey?

3. What does King give Equiano when Equiano is leaving for England in Chapter 9?

4. Why do the natives like Dr. Irving?

5. When Equiano sees King again, what does he find out has happened to King?

Short Essay Questions

1. Is there an implicit argument being made in Equiano's description of the time he spent in Turkey?

2. How does his experience of being "born again" change Equiano's attitude toward life?

3. Why does Equiano choose to go with Dr. Irving to start a plantation in Jamaica?

4. Do you think it makes sense for Equiano to believe that he made the ship wreck by cursing it?

5. Describe Equiano's trip to New York and Philadelphia in 1784.

6. Does the manumission of Equiano seem like a high point to this autobiography?

7. Why does Equiano want to become ordained?

8. What is the significance of what happens to the bulls and the turkeys before the end of the voyage?

9. What are the possible conclusions about Equiano's prophetic dream about finding a boat on the return trip from Cadiz?

10. Explain Equiano's economic argument for ending slavery.

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