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Narrative of the life of frederick douglass an american slave written by himself 1845

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

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3 in what ways does douglass s life differ from the white boys lives
3. In what ways does Douglass’s 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 he’d 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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Let s write a paragraph to summarize douglass s first paragraph
Let’s write a paragraph to summarize Douglass’s first paragraph.

  • Intro Sentence:

  • First Body sentence:

  • Second Body sentence:

  • Third Body sentence:

  • Concluding sentence:



6. Why does Douglass describe the master’s 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
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
8. What moral did Douglass learn from these books? thoughts,” how is he using the word “tongue”?

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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 Douglass’s 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 someone s stupidity
12. What is the horrible pit? Why does Douglass envy someone’s stupidity?

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13 why is freedom tormenting douglass
13. Why is freedom tormenting Douglass? someone’s stupidity?

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Now let s write a paragraph that analyzes douglass s text
Now, let’s write a paragraph that analyzes Douglass’s text.

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

  • OR

  • Explain the irony in Douglass’s observation that “it is almost an unpardonable offence to teach slaves to read in this Christian country.”

  • Irony=contradiction


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