The Interesting Narrative and Other Writings Test | Mid-Book 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. What two things does Equiano think are "magic" when he sees a town built by white people for the first time?

2. Who is Equiano sold to by the owner who first took him to the West Indies?

3. Why does King tell Equiano that he plans to sell him?

4. What new things does Equiano see in England that amaze him?

5. What animal does Equiano accidentally kill with a pebble?

Short Essay Questions

1. Compare Equiano's experiences in Montserrat with his experiences in Philadelphia.

2. How are King, Equiano, and Famer all characterized by the episode when King threatens to sell Equiano and Farmer persuades him not to do that?

3. In Chapter 4, how can readers learn more about Equiano's personality?

4. Discuss the significance of King's promise to make Equiano a clerk.

5. Who is John Mondle and what is his significance?

6. Describe the character of Thomas Farmer as it is developed in Chapter 6.

7. Why is it ironic that Equiano goes with Pascal to help him find men to force into military service?

8. Discuss the significance of Equiano's trip to Philadelphia.

9. Why do you think Pascal acts the way he does near the end of Chapter 4?

10. What are the two disappointments Equiano experiences in the Mediterranean?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast John Annis's life with Equiano's. Could Equiano have met a fate like Annis's? What enables Equiano to avoid a sad end like Annis's? Be sure to identify the turning points during Equiano's life when things might have gone differently and set him on a course more like Annis's, and explain how Equiano avoided those dangers.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the importance and role of literacy in Equiano's life as described throughout The Interesting Narrative.

Essay Topic 3

There are several ship wrecks and other dangerous encounters on the seas described in The Interesting Narrative. What is the overall effect of these descriptions on readers? Compare at least two descriptions of danger on the sea to demonstrate the effects each description might have on readers.

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