Flashcards and Answers – Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass

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Why does Douglass not know his birth date?
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Because slave owners keep their slaves ignorant of their birthdays
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What is most likely Douglass’s father’s name?
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Captain Anthony (his first master)
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Why is it worse off to be a child of a slave-owning father and slave mother?
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Because they have to face the cruel wrath of the slave-owner’s wife
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What early on event does Douglass connect with his introduction to the horrors of slavery?
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Captain Anthony’s (supposed kin) whipping of his Aunt Hester
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What is Colonel Lloyd’s plantation called by the slaves that live there?
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Great House Farm
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Which of the following is not what Douglass interprets slave songs to be?
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Calls to Action
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Which of the following is not one of the overseers under whom Douglass grows up?
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Mr. Auld
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What is Douglass’s main point about Gore shooting Demby?
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Whites are not punished for killing blacks
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Which of the following is not a reason Douglass is happy about the prospect of moving to Baltimore?
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The Aulds are described as a kind couple
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What is the reason for Sophia Auld’s transformation?
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She becomes cruel with the irresponsible power of owning another person
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Why is Douglass grateful that Hugh Auld orders Douglass’s reading lessons stopped?
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Auld unwittingly gives Douglass the key to escape slavery
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Why does Douglass think that city slaveholders are usually less cruel than rural slaveholders?
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They are aware of the disapproval of their non-slaveholding neighbors
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Who was not a source for Douglass learning how to read and write?
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Two Irish dockworkers
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What does Douglass gain from The Columbian Orator (a book)?
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An understanding of the political argument against slavery
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From what source does Douglass learn the meaning of “abolition”?
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a newspaper
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Why does Douglass move from Baltimore to Thomas Auld’s?
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Because Auld wants to punish his brother, Hugh (had an argument, but the reason for it is unknown)
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What is Thomas Auld’s overriding problem as a slaveholder?
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He did not give his slaves enough food.
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Why do the slaves on Covey’s plantation call Covey “the snake”?
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Because he surprises them by sneaking through the tall grass
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In what regard is Douglass’s August confrontation with Covey a turning point?
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Douglass fights back against Covey, proving that slaves will not stand for the treatment they have been given.
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What service does Douglass offer his fellow slaves at William Freeland’s?
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Literacy lessons- learning how to read and write
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What happens to Douglass and the others when their escape plan is betrayed?
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They are placed in jail
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Why is Douglass’s attacked by his fellow apprentices at the Baltimore shipyard?
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Because they were worried that black workers would take their jobs
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How does Douglass get enough money to escape?
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He works for “Master Hugh” and saved money slowly
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Once in New York, who helps Douglas?
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Ruggles
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Why does New Bedford surprise Douglas?
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He has been led to believe that the North is poverty-stricken
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What plantation did Douglas grow up (for 8 years)
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Colonel Lloyd’s
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Where was Douglass born?
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Tuckahoe, Maryland
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What’s Douglass’s mother’s name?
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Harriet Bailey
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How long on average do children get to spend with their mothers?
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12 months
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Who was Douglass’s first overseer?
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Mr. Plummer
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Why was “Aunt Harriet” whipped?
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because she was caught with another man. truly out of jealously.
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who was lucrieta married to?
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Captain Thomas Auld
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who was Captain Lloyd’s overseer?
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Noah Willis, eventually Mr. Severe
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What was the importance of chapter 3? (the story about the horses)
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shows that animals are wanted to be in better condition than actual human beings.
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what was the horse story paralleled to in the Bible?
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Job
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who replaced mr. severe as overseer?
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mr. hopkins
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who replaced mr. hopkins as overseer?
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Mr. austin gore
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Where was Demby going when he was shot?
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into a creek to relieve himself of the stinging from getting whipped.
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What did Douglass parallel the Demby/Gore story to?
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When the wife of Mr. Giles Hick killed Douglass wife’s cousin.
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Who is Captain Hugh Auld?
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The brother of Captian Thomas Auld (Lloyd’s son-in-law)
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What did Mrs. Sophia Auld give Douglass?
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The key which he would later use to escape (reading and writing).
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How long did Douglass live with the Hughs?
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for 7 years
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What did Douglass often regret?
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His own existence
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When Captain Anthony died, who did Douglass go to in the dividing of property?
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Lucrieta- who soon after died as well. However, this would only apply if the Hugh’s were to die. While this never occurred, Thomas Auld eventually took Douglass as means of punishing his brother.
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Who forced the Sabbath school to close?
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Mr. West and Mr. Fairbanks
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Who did Douglass only stay one year with?
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Mr. Covey- started on Jan 1, 1833.
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Who did Mr. Covey use as a “breeder?”
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Caroline- 1st female slave he owned.
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What was promised to protect Douglass?
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a root
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What did those who were pious equal in Douglass’s mind?
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evil, cruel
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Who were put into jail along with Douglass?
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Henry, John, Charles, and Henry Bailey

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