Frederick Douglass (Chapter 1-2)

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1. Where was Frederick Douglass born?
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Maryland
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2. Why does Douglass have no knowledge of his birth date?
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Slave owners keep their slaves ignorant of their birth dates
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3. Who was Douglass’s mother?
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Harriet Bailey
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4. Who was Douglass’s probable father?
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Captain Anthony
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5. When was Douglass separated from his mother?
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When he was an infant
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6. How many times did Douglass see his mother?
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Four or five times
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7. What time of day did Douglass see his mother?
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At night time
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8. How did Douglass react to his mother’s death?
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He reacted to the news of her death as he would have reacted to the death of a stranger
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9. What does Douglass mean when he talks about the “double relation” that some slaves have to their masters?
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Some slaves are the slaves and children of their masters – their masters are both master and father
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10. Why do children of a slave-owning father and slave mother have the worst lot of the slaves?
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They must face the cruel wrath of the slave-owner’s wife
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11. What do masters often do with their biracial slave children?
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They are often sold
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12. Who was Frederick Douglass’s first master?
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Captain Anthony
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13. True or false: Captain Anthony was considered a rich slave owner
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False
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14. Who was the overseer on Captain Anthony’s farm?
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Plummer
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15. “It was the bloodstained gate, the entrance to the hell of slavery, through which I was about to pass.” What traumatic event is Frederick Douglass talking about in this line?
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The brutal beating of his Aunt Hester
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16. “It was the bloodstained gate, the entrance to the hell of slavery, through which I was about to pass.” This line is an example of which literary device?
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Metaphor – comparing slavery to hell.
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17. How does Frederick Douglass describe his Aunt Hester?
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She was a beautiful woman
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18. Why does Captain Anthony whip Aunt Hester?
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She was not supposed to be with another slave (Ned Roberts); Captain Anthony wanted to have her for himself
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19. Whom did Captain Anthony work for?
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Colonel Edward Lloyd
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20. What was Captain Anthony’s title/job?
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Superintendent (overseer of overseers)
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21. What products were grown on Captain Anthony’s farm?
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Tobacco, corn, and wheat
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22. How often did slaves receive their food allowance?
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Once a month
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23. How often did slaves receive their clothing allowance?
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Once a year
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24. What kind of clothing did slave children receive?
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2 shirts for children not working in the field
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25. Who was Mr. Severe?
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He was an overseer
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26. Who took over after Mr. Severe died?
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Mr. Hopkins
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27. How were Severe and Hopkins different?
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Hopkins was not as cruel
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28. What do Colonel Lloyd’s slaves call the plantation on which Douglass grows up?
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Great House Farm
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29. According to Frederick Douglass, slaves sing most when they are most ______
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Unhappy
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30. From what point of view is the narrative written?
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First-person point of view
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31. Frederick Douglass’s narrative is an example of what type of genre?
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Non-Fiction (Autobiography), Slave Narrative

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