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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself (1845). Unit One, lesson Two: ever-changing identities in adolescent literature. 1. Why is Douglass specific about making friends with “little white boys”?. Me: Class:.

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself (1845)

Unit One, lesson Two: ever-changing identities in adolescent literature


1. Why is Douglass specific about making friends with little white boys?

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2. How did Douglass learn how to read while running errands?

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3. In what ways does Douglasss life differ from the white boys lives?

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5. Which of these meanings of trouble is Douglass using? Why did he choose this word? How would the meaning have changed if hed chosen the word anger?

  • This question pertains to the last sentence in paragraph one that begins: These words used to trouble them

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4. Douglass is describing events from the past. These boys are now adult men, so why would he avoid giving their names?

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Lets write a paragraph to summarize Douglasss first paragraph.

  • Intro Sentence:

  • First Body sentence:

  • Second Body sentence:

  • Third Body sentence:

  • Concluding sentence:


Lets read the second paragraph.


6. Why does Douglass describe the masters response as both desired and unexpected? Why the contrast between these two words?

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7. When Douglass says, They gave tongue to interesting thoughts, how is he using the word tongue?

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8. What moral did Douglass learn from these books?

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9. How does the word enable change the meaning of the line it appears in? How can documents enable him to utter [his] thoughts or write?

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10. In what ways is Douglass saying slaveholders are like robbers? Find and explore the structure of the sentence that gives voice to this idea most clearly.

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11. What prediction did Douglasss owner make about what would happen if he learned to read? Did it come true? Why or why not?

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12. What is the horrible pit? Why does Douglass envy someones stupidity?

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13. Why is freedom tormenting Douglass?

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Now, lets write a paragraph that analyzes Douglasss text.

  • To do so, spell out your answers to questions 5 and 6 in greater detail using evidence drawn from the text.

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  • Explain the irony in Douglasss observation that it is almost an unpardonable offence to teach slaves to read in this Christian country.

  • Irony=contradiction


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