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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave Overview Quiz

Written in 1845, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave is the memoir of Frederick Douglass, who, in eleven chapters, recounts both his life as a slave and as a free man. Be sure you understand Douglass's trials and triumphs by taking the quiz over his autobiography from eNotes below. 

  1. What do Thomas Auld and his new wife regularly deny their slaves?

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  2. What effect does hearing "slave songs" have on Douglass?

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  3. What job does Douglass take when he returns to Baltimore?

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  4. Why does Douglass have to leave Baltimore and return to the plantation?

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  5. What does Sophia Auld teach Frederick?

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  6. Why does Mr. Plummer, the overseer, beat Douglass's Aunt Hester?

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  7. What does Douglass identify as the "pathway from slavery to freedom"?

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  8. Why can't Douglass remember his mother?

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  9. Why does Thomas Auld send Douglass to Mr. Covey?

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  10. After moving to New Bedford, what does Douglass say "became my meat and drink"?

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