1) Why is Equiano allowed to be kept on deck rather than in the hold?
2) What new “refinement in cruelty” does Equiano accuse his captors of practicing?
3)Why do you think the captive Africans were treated so brutally? Consider:
a. How the crew probably viewed them
b. How the number of crew compared to the number of Africans
c.How the Africans reacted to their situation
4) Who do you think are the “nominal Christians” that Equiano refers to in the last paragraph? Do you agree with this epithet (label)?
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Equiano is also young, and as such, is not chained below. There are far more Africans than there are crew members, and the crew used brutal punishments to maintain discipline, both among the slaves and themselves. The "nominal Christians" are those involved in the slave trade itself, which, as an abolitionist, he views as incompatible with Christian teaching.
Equiano is able to stay on deck, instead of in the hold, because of the relationships he forms with the sailors on the ships. Some of the sailors befriend him, and given this friendship, he is allotted special treatment.
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