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. What happens after Equiano complains about the Sierra Leone project?

2. What boring job does Equiano hold before returning to the sea in 1784?

3. What does Equiano do to try to help Annis?

4. While Equiano is getting everyone off the Nancy and to safety, what are the white crew members doing?

5. What sight does Equiano find strange in Turkey?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does the episode with the silversmith parallel earlier events in The Interesting Narrative?

4. Describe and comment on Equiano's experiences with the Sierra Leone settlement.

5. What three elements of Equiano's visit with the fisherman help him decide to become a Christian?

6. 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?

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

8. How does the trip to the North Pole develop Equiano's characterization?

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

10. How does the episode in which Phillips's crew see a flock of flamingos characterize the crew?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast slavery in Africa as described by Equiano with slavery of Africans held by Englishmen as Equiano describes it. Be sure to include as many points of comparison as possible.

Essay Topic 2

Compare Equiano's relationships with each of the people who "own" him, being sure to consider the overall character of the relationship, the way in which Equiano's relationship with each owner did or did not help Equiano to put forward any of his own goals, and the ways in which the relationship with each owner began and ended.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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