Narrative of Fredrick Douglass Reading Log

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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 …show more content…

| 16. What does it mean when a slave “hires out his own time?” Why does Douglass accuse Mr. Auld of robbing him? | When a slave “hires out his own time” it means he asks permission from his master to go work for another master to make his own money. Douglass accuses Mr. Auld of robbing him because he makes Douglass give him his earning that he has worked for at the end of each week. Pg. 108 | 17. Why does Mrs. Auld stop teaching Douglass to read? How does the “exercise of irresponsible power” change Mrs. Auld? | Mrs. Auld stops teaching Douglass how to read because his master, her husband cursed at her and told her it was wrong to teach slaves how to read because he felt it was going to give them the power. This exercise makes Mrs. Auld cruel with the irresponsible power of owning another person. | 18. Define persuasive writing. List four points Douglass makes for the abolition of slavery while relating the circumstances of his life as a slave. | Persuasive writing, also known as an argument, is used to convince the reader of a writer’s argument(s) relating to a debatable issue. Douglass continued traveling up to Massachusetts. There he joined various organizations in New Bedford, including a black church, and regularly attended abolitionist meetings. He subscribed to William Lloyd Garrison's weekly journal The Liberator, and in 1841 heard Garrison speak at a