Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Questions:
- The first chapter concerns Douglassâ€™ birth, childhood, and relations. How are women represented in this chapter? Give an example.
- Chapter 2 gives a description of life on Colonel Lloydâ€™s plantation and of slavery as it existed there. What features of this description stand out for you?
- In Chapter 3, how does Douglass argue that slaves are like other people? Give an example.
- Chapter 4 features three murders. What is Douglassâ€™s point in narrating these crimes? Or are they, in fact, crimes?
- In Chapter 5, Douglass is sent to Baltimore. To what force does Douglass attribute this event? What is his emotional state when he meets the Aulds?
- Chapters 6 and 7 focuses on the first stage in Douglassâ€™s development of literacy. What is significant about his learning to read and write? Give an example.
- In Chapter 8, Douglass is sent back to the country to be counted as property in the settlement of a will. Why would religious readers, those attached to the church, find this chapter challenging? Give an example.