1.) How are chapters I and II revealing of Douglass' later accomplishments in his adult life?
2.) How did you feel about chapters I and II? Were these opening chapters engaging? Explain.
3.) In chapter III, why did the slaves "universally say they are contented and that their masters are kind" (p. 30)?
4.) In chapter III, how did the slaves engage in competition?
5.) In chapter IV, how was Mr. Gore characterized as the overseer of the Great House Farm?
6.) In chapter IV, what is Mr. Gore's argument to support his shooting of a slave?
7.) In chapter V, why did Douglass not have much work on Lloyd's plantation?
8.) In chapter V, what simple pleasure did Douglass enjoy on Lloyd's plantation that people today take for granted?
9.) In chapter V, what opened the door to Douglass' future prosperity (as he believed)?
10.) In chapter VI, why was Mrs. Auld depicted as a dynamic (changing) character?
11.) In chapter VI, what caused Mrs. Auld to stop teaching Douglass to read?
12.) In chapter VI, how did Douglass realize the power of reading? To whom does he give thanks for this new skill he has attained?
13.) In chapter VII, why did Mrs. Auld change from angelic to mean-spirited?
14.) In chapter VII, after Douglass learned to read from Mrs. Auld, how did he continue to improve his reading skills?
15.) In chapter VII, how did Douglass learn to write?
16.) In chapter VIII, why had Douglass "suffered more anxiety than most of my fellow-slaves" (p. 50)?
17.) In chapter IX, how does religion play a role in Douglass' slave-masters' lives? What's ironic about religion's presence in their lives?
18.) In chapter X, why was Mr. Covey called "the snake"?
19.) In chapter X, why did Douglass lose the will to read?
20.) In chapter X, what is the symbolism of the root?
21.) In chapter X, what signficant event occurred that prevented any further whippings by Covey to Douglass?
22.) In chapter X, what's the contrast between Freeland and Covey (slave-masters)?
23.) In chapter X, how did other slaves attain an education? Why did they desire to learn?
24.) In chapter X, how does Douglass' ability to write help him attempt to escape slavery?
25.) In chapter X, what happened to Douglass and his fellow slaves after their attempted escape was foiled?
26.) In this autobiography, how is it revealed that Douglass is a religious man?