The Interesting Narrative and Other Writings 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. Once they are on the desert island, what does the crew do for food?

2. Why do the white men try to kidnap Equiano in Georgia?

3. What happens to Equiano on shipboard on October 6?

4. How does the crew of Mulgrave's expedition survive?

5. Why does Equiano brings turkeys on the ship instead of bulls?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. When Equiano decides he needs to find a religion to commit to (after his trip to the North Pole), how does he begin his search?

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

4. Is Equiano's encounter with Pascal when he returns to England the way you expected it to be?

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

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

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

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

9. What is the significance of Equiano's encounter with Hughes?

10. Why does the episode with John Annis affect Equiano's quest for a religion?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Although it is true that most of the eighteenth-century readers of The Interesting Narrative would have been white and English, Equiano was certainly not the only former slave who had the ability to read and write English. While his black readers would have been a relatively small group, it is still worth considering how they would have responded to the book. Consider the book from beginning to end in terms of how you think someone with a life experience similar to Equiano's in some respects would have been likely to respond to it. Be sure to consider the many different aspects of the book, including Equiano's work as a sailor, his quest for freedom, his spiritual quest, and his work on the Sierra Leone project.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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.

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