What are eleven significant events in the plot of ''Narative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave''?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This one might seem more daunting than it really is.  In the end, there are more then 11 events or important realities in the book.  Douglass’ life and work is one that is rich with events in the plot of Douglass becoming free.  Additionally, the idea of having to determine what is “significant” makes this a task where one is not “right” or “wrong” in their answers, but rather where one is judged on the basis of how they have explained their ideas.  This gives you a great deal of freedom.  No one will be able to do this for you because what others define as significant might not be what you see as such.  My advice on progressing through this task would be to review what you consider to be the most important events in the work.  Identify what you think are the critical points that have to be understood.  At the same time, being able to understand and address why these events are important can help you not only comprehend the work better, but also be able to meet the needs of the assignment.  Finding 11 of these should not be a challenge.  I would think that being able to identify aspects of Douglass’ life in slavery, the attempts at escaping, his ability to escape, and his life committed to the abolition movement could help form the basis from which selecting events and their importance is relatively direct.


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