Frederick Douglass Questions

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Chapter VI (6) 1. Describe Sophia Auld. How and why does Sophia change? 2. Who begins to teach Douglass to read? 3. Mr. Auld tells his wife, “if you teach that nigger how to read, there would be no keeping him. It would forever unfit him to be a slave. He would at once become unmanageable, and of no value to his master. As to himself… it would make him discontented and unhappy.” Do you think there is truth in Mr. Auld’s words? Why or why not? 4. What does Douglass realize after Mr. Auld’s speech? 5. How are city slaves treated as compared to plantation slaves? Why is there a difference? 6. Describe Henrietta and Mary and their situation. Chapter VII (7) 1. How does Douglass continue his education? 2. Why does the “Columbian Orator” and a copy of one of Sheridan’s speeches become so often read, and so important to Douglass? 3. Have you ever heard the phrase “ignorance is bliss?” What does it mean? How is this phrase proven true in this stage of Douglass’ life? 4. What word does Douglass become curious about? What does the word mean? (use a dictionary if necessary!) 5. How does Douglass learn to write? Chapter VIII (8) 1. Why is Douglass required to leave Baltimore? 2. At the valuation, why does Douglass suffer more anxiety than many of his fellow slaves? 3. What happens to Douglass’ grandmother? Why does her treatment make Douglass especially angry? 4. Why is Douglass forced to permanently leave Baltimore? Chapter IX (9) 1. Describe Douglass’ new master. 2. How does religion change Thomas Auld? 3. Why does Douglass frequently let his master’s horse run away? 4. Describe Mr. Covey. Why does Douglass gladly take him as a temporary master? Chapter X (10) (pages 69-102) 1. Why is Douglass first whipped by Mr. Covey? Describe the scene. 2. Why does Mr. Covey buy the slave

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