Reading Logs- The Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass 1. Review vocabulary words at the beginning of each chapter. List the words whose meanings suggest they are used by Douglass in narrative to describe the horrors of slavery.
| Execrate: curse or declare to be evil or anathema or threaten with divine punishmentPerpetrate: perform an act, usually with a negative connotationEgotistical: characteristic of those having an inflated idea of their own importanceSunder: break apart or in two, using violenceOdium: hate coupled with disgustDepravity: moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles
| 2. How does Douglass learn the meaning of the word “abolitionist?”
| He learns the meaning by reading about it in the newspaper. Pg. 55
| 3. In what way does Douglass’s career as an orator influence the way he has written this narrative?
| Douglass’s career as an orator allowed him to speak publicly of abolishing slavery. That played a great role in how he wrote his book. He spoke of his sufferings and his thoughts/input on slavery and his interpretation abolishing slavery.
| 4. How does Mr. Covey succeed in turning Douglass into a “brute?” How does a “root” help Douglass develop the aggressiveness necessary to resist Mr. Covey?
| Mr. Covey succeeds in turning Douglass into a “brute” because he “breaks” him. Mr. Covey rids him of all hope of ever being a free man, rids him of all spark of enthusiasm and fills him with lonely despair. This “root” gives the encouragement and aggressiveness he needs to stand up and physically fight Mr. Covey and to make him aware that he will no longer be treated like a brute. Pg.80-83
| 5. Why does Douglass’ first escape attempt fail?
| His first escape attempt fails because he has to give all of his money he earns that he tries to put away for himself to his master.
| 6. List the qualities of a good overseer and give an example of an overseer Douglass defines as good.
| Douglass describes a good slaveholder as providing the slaves with plenty to eat, time to enjoy it, and lashes only when truly necessary.
| 7. Why does Douglass not know the date of his birth? What evidence is there that his mother cares about him even though they are separated early in his life?
| Douglass does not know the date of his birth because he was never taught any of that, as were any of the slaves. Evidence shows that his mother cared about him even when they were separated because after a long day of her work in the field, she left at night and walked to Douglass’s plantation to comfort him. Pg. 19,20&21
| 8. How is the quality of Douglass’ life in Baltimore different from his life on the plantation?
| While Douglass lives in Baltimore, he is hardly whipped, fed enough, given enough time to enjoy it, and not worked as hard for as long. While Douglass lives on the plantation, hardly a day goes by when he isn’t beaten and doesn’t feel the pain of hunger.
| 9. What surprises Douglass about life in New Bedford?
| He was surprised by the condition of his own colored people. And that the white people of New Bedford didn’t live with quite the luxuries as he pictured they would. Pg. 116
| 10. Why do the masters give slaves a whole week off at the holidays? What do the slaves do with their free time?
| The masters give their slaves a whole week of at the holidays to disgust the slaves with the feeling of freedom, and it would be unsafe to deprive them of it. They serve as safety valves to carry off the rebellious spirit of enslaved humanity. Some of them make corn-brooms and baskets. Others play sports like wrestling or racing. But most all of them drink lots of whisky. Pg. 85&86
| 11. Briefly identify the following men: David Ruggles, Rev. J.W.C. Pennington, William C Coffin, and Nathan Johnson.
| Mr. Ruggles took Douglass to a boarding house and became very interested in Douglass’s story, so he helped them. Mr. Ruggles also connected Douglass and Rev. J.W.C...
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