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The slaves sang spirituals as a way to code secret messages, so their slave owners would not find out what they were truly saying. They also did sing about their hopes and their sorrows.
The only one that does not seem to describe why slaves sung spirituals is A) to appease the overseers who did not want silence.
12. “Letter to His Son” indicates that Lincoln and Lee held similar views about
a. southern interests.
b. northern aggression.
c. hoping to avoid civil war.
d. federal authority.
13. The structural framework of the “Gettysburg Address” is a
a. single topic, treated succinctly.
b. single idea stated in simple words.
c. progression from the past to the present, and into the future.
d. shift from a simple fact to a broad generalization.
14. The occasion for “The Gettysburg Address” was
a. the secession of the states.
b. a ceremony at the Gettysburg battlefield.
c. the approval of a law banning slavery.
d. the dedication of a Confederate military cemetery.
15. Why did President Lincoln believe that the Gettysburg ground could not be consecrated or hallowed in a “larger sense”?
a. The nation was still torn apart.
b. The battle at Gettysburg had occurred too recently.
c. Both sides had to dedicate the ground together.
d. The ground had already been consecrated.
16. In “The Gettysburg Address,” what does Lincoln mean when he says, “the world will little note nor long remember what we say here?”
a. Words are seldom memorable.
b. Wartime speeches are unimportant.
c. Words are often overshadowed by deeds.
d. He recognizes his speaking deficiencies.
17. “The Gettysburg Address” is notable for all of the following except its
b. references to the ideals of liberty.
c. allegorical reference to westward expansion.
d. eloquent diction.
18. In “The Gettysburg Address,” Lincoln
a. surrenders the Union forces.
b. urges people to support the Union and the war effort.
c. talks about the concept of states’ rights.
d. presents a long moral argument against the institution of slavery.
19. My Bondage and My Freedom challenged all of the following ideas except
a. slaves were incapable of reading and writing.
b. slaves were equal to whites.
c. slaves were satisfied with their situation.
d. slaves were comfortable with their position in life.
20. If your purpose for reading is to understand slavery’s effect on people, what conclusion can you draw about Mrs. Auld’s opposition to Douglass’s learning to read in My Bondage and My Freedom?
a. Mrs. Auld fought to resist slavery.
b. Mrs. Auld had a strong conscience.
c. Mrs. Auld’s conscience was destroyed by slavery.
d. Mrs. Auld should have fed and clothed more slaves.
21. Given what Douglass endures as a slave, what element of My Bondage and My Freedom surprises you?
a. He trades reading lessons for biscuits.
b. He feels real affection for Mrs. Auld.
c. His learning makes him unhappier.
d. The Aulds try to keep him ignorant.
22. In My Bondage and My Freedom, what does Douglass suggest will probably happen to the white children in the future, when they are older and dealing with “the cares of life”?
a. They will one day help him escape from his slaveowners.
b. They will likely accept slavery when they become adults.
c. They will grow up to be abolitionists and resist slavery.
d. They will be overwhelmed by business concerns.
23. As revealed in My Bondage and My Freedom, what was a major turning point in the life of Frederick Douglass?
a. developing a liking for Mrs. Auld
b. resenting Mrs. Auld
c. learning to read and write
d. finding contentment with his life
24. What is Douglass’s final judgment of Mrs. Auld in My Bondage and My Freedom?
a. She should not have taught him to read.
b. She should have helped him to escape.
c. She was not well-suited to slavery.
d. She could not run a household well.
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