CHAPTER VI - 20 pts
- To what does Frederick attribute the kindness of Mrs. Auld?
- What, according to Frederick, changes her?
- Why is Mr. Auld angry when he finds that Mrs. Auld is teaching Frederick his letters?
- Why does Frederick call Mr. Auld’s forbidding his learning how to read “invaluable instruction” (p. 49)?
- Why does inability to read keep men enslaved according to Frederick and to Mr. Auld?
- What does Frederick hope to gain by learning how to read?
- Who teaches Frederick why black men are not taught to read?
- Why is this lesson so important to him?
- Why is the life of a city slave so much better than the life of a plantation slave?
- Why does Frederick relate the story of the slaves Henrietta and Mary?
- “If you teach that nigger (speaking of myself ) how to read, there would be no keeping him. It would forever unfit him to be a slave. He would at once become unmanageable, and of no value to his master” (p. 49).
- “I now understood what had been to me a most perplexing difficulty—to wit, the white man’s power to enslave the black man. It was a grand achievement, and I prized it highly. From that moment, I understood the pathway from slavery to freedom” (p. 49).
- “In learning to read, I owe almost as much to the bitter opposition of my master, as to the kindly aid of my mistress. I acknowledge the benefit of both” (p. 50).
- “A city slave is almost a freeman, compared with a slave on the plantation” (p. 50).