Discussion Questions: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass Discussion Question: 1. What is a narrative? 2. Is this a primary or secondary source? How do you know? 3. Chapter I: The Law decreed that all children born to slave women, no matter the father, were to remain slaves. How does this law benefit slave maters and relate to Douglass. 4. Chapter IV : What is a sloop (use a dictionary)? In what business is the sloop involved on Colonel Loyd’s Plantation?
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5. Chapter V: To whom/what does Douglass credit his eventual freedom? 6. Chapter VI: What does Douglass realize after Mr. Aduld’s speech? 7. Chapter VII: What does the phrase “ignorance is bliss” mean? How is this phrase proven true in this stage of Douglass’s life? 8. Chapter VIII: What is “the valuation”? At the valuation, why does Douglass suffer more anxiety than many of his fellow slaves? 9. Chapter IX: How does religion change Thomas Auld? 10. Chapter X: Douglass talks to the boats on the Chesapeake Bay. What kind of things does he say to them? Why does he envy the boats? 11. Chapter XI: What happens to Douglass after the end of his narrative?