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. Which statement best describes the Eboes' religious beliefs?

2. When he renames Equiano, who is Pascal naming Equiano after?

3. Why do Eboe merchants kiss the food they are offering for sale?

4. What aspect of slave auctions does Equiano mention as being particularly upsetting?

5. Which of the following does Equiano see in the plantation house, which impress him?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Captain Doran's personality.

3. In Chapter 3, does being purchased by Pascal seem like a good thing or a bad thing for Equiano?

4. Explain the significance of the Eboe practice of merchants kissing the food that they are offering for sale.

5. After Pascal sells him to a new owner, how does Equiano deal with the disappointment?

6. Describe Robert King's personality.

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

8. Describe the system of slavery practiced among the Eboe people.

9. Why does Equiano learn navigation but then not use his new skills when he has the opportunity to escape on Farmer's ship?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Equiano's life story exposed him to many different cultures. His book explores African culture, English culture, plantation culture, maritime culture, military culture, and religious culture, among others. Select three different cultural or subcultural groups that Equiano describes and compare and contrast them.

Essay Topic 2

Equiano is not the only person in his life story who experiences disappointments and setbacks on a regular basis. Select two disappointments, difficulties, or setbacks experienced by two different people other than Equiano and compare them to at least one of Equiano's setbacks.

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 1, Equiano states that he wants to avoid being either vain or boring in writing his own life story, but that instead he wants to provide "satisfaction" and "promote the interest of humanity." How well does he avoid being vain or boring? How well does he achieve his goals of providing "satisfaction" or entertainment to readers and promoting "the interest of humanity"?

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