Frederick Douglass's "Learning To Read And Write"

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Frederick Douglass

AP multiple choice questions on this piece. You only have five minutes and two separate tries to ace it! Good luck!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    The overall organization of this excerpt can be best described as:
    • A. 

      A. chronological sequence

    • B. 

      B. a first-person narrative with little analytical commentary by the speaker

    • C. 

      C: an angry polemic against the evils of slavery

    • D. 

      D: a statement of the narrator's accomplishment followed by an explanation of how he reached it

    • E. 

      E: a sympathetic portrayal of a system that victimized both the oppressor and the oppressed.

  • 2. 
    The final sentence in paragraph 1 includes which of the following:I. understatementII. figurative languageIII. complex sentence
    • A. 

      A. I only

    • B. 

      B. II only

    • C. 

      C: I and II only

    • D. 

      D: II and III only

    • E. 

      E: I, II, and III

  • 3. 
    In paragraph 2, Douglass uses all of the following except:
    • A. 

      A. metonymy

    • B. 

      B. personification

    • C. 

      C. anaphora

    • D. 

      D. allusion

    • E. 

      E. connotation

  • 4. 
    What does Douglass mean by his descrition of his mistress as "an apt woman" in paragraph 2?
    • A. 

      A. admirable

    • B. 

      B. appropriate

    • C. 

      C. deceptive

    • D. 

      D. intelligent

    • E. 

      E. shrewd

  • 5. 
    What is the rhetorical purpose of paragraph 3?
    • A. 

      A. to qualify points made int eh previous paragraph

    • B. 

      B. to emphasize how Douglass's reactions turned to actions

    • C. 

      C. to offer a counterargument to the one presented in the previous paragraph

    • D. 

      D. to qualify Douglass's understanding of the importance of learning to read

    • E. 

      E. to provide a transition from Douglass's past experiences to those in the present

  • 6. 
    What is Douglass's attitude toward young boys he describes in paragraph 4?
    • A. 

      A. angry reproach

    • B. 

      B. studied indifference

    • C. 

      C. condescending pity

    • D. 

      D. reflective appreciation

    • E. 

      E. grudging respect

  • 7. 
    In the context of this passage, all of the following are examples of irony EXCEPT:
    • A. 

      A. "lacked the depravity" par 1

    • B. 

      B. "the simplicity of her soul" par 2

    • C. 

      C. "anxious to do better" par 2

    • D. 

      D. "first step had been taken" par 3

    • E. 

      E. "I was much better off in this regard" par 4

  • 8. 
    The primary audience that Douglass is addressing in this excerpt is/are:
    • A. 

      A. slaveholders

    • B. 

      B. Master Hugh's family

    • C. 

      C. sympathizers to the abolitionist cause

    • D. 

      D. other ex-slaves

    • E. 

      E. readers of The Columbian Orator

  • 9. 
    Whic of the following best describes Douglass's tone throughout paragraphs 1-4?
    • A. 

      A. sympathetic and reflective

    • B. 

      B. respectful but firm

    • C. 

      C. sarcastic and angry

    • D. 

      D. passionate and determined

    • E. 

      E. irate but carefully judicious

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