Fedrick Douglass Essay

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave by Frederick Douglass Open-Ended Reading Questions 1. How does Douglass portray the effects of slavery on masters and slaves? On the family? On religion (both black and white)? What happens to Douglass's grandmother? What happens to his own relationship with his mother? What happens to Mrs. Auld when she "learns" to be a slaveholder? 2. What kind of master/Christian is Covey? Why does Douglass choose to discuss the effects slavery had on white families and Christians? 3. Compare Douglass's portrayal of slavery on plantations (Lloyd's), farms (Freeland's and Covey's), and in the city (childhood and work at Fells Point shipyard). What are the most important differences? Are there any similarities? 4. Why is Douglass's fight with Covey the "turning point" in his life? What does he turn from and what does he turn toward? 5. What does Douglass tell us about the ways in which slaves used culture as a buffer against the de-humanizing aspects of slavery? 6. How does Douglass contrast the "free" North and the "slave" South at the end of his book? What had he been led to expect by his masters in the South? What kind of prosperity does he find in the North? The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of A Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston Open-Ended Reading Questions 1. Discuss the portrayal of Chinese Communists in the book and how they are woven into the narrative. 2. Choose three examples of the theme of silence in the book and compare and contrast them. 3. Compare and contrast the figures of Ts'ai Yen and Fa Mu Lan. Which character forms a more useful talk-story for
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