Short Essay Answer Key
1. Who dies in Chapter 1?
Henry Townsend dies on his own plantation in Chapter 1 at the age of thirty-one.
2. What is significant about the fact that Henry Townsend owns slaves?
It is significant that Henry Townsend owns slaves because he is himself a freed slave.
3. Who was Henry Townsend's first slave?
Moses was Henry Townsend's first slave and is now his overseer.
4. Who is Augustus Townsend?
Augustus Townsend is a freed black man who was once a slave belonging to William Robbins. Augustus bought his wife's freedom and later his son, Henry's freedom.
5. For whom does Elias carve a doll? What is significant about this doll?
Elias is carving a doll for his daughter. The doll has a slight deformity, but Elias figures this is okay because his wife also has a deformity of one leg.
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