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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. What does it take for a slave to become free?
  2. What does freedom mean? Is it more than just being legally free?
  3. What does it mean to be an American slave? How can the United States be the "land of the free" if it tolerated slavery?
  4. What lessons does Douglass's life have for readers who aren't slaves? What can we learn from his story?
  5. Why is education so important to Douglass?

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