- Why does Frederick now know the date?
- Who is Frederick’s newest Master?
- What rule of slaveholding does Master Thomas Auld violate?
- How did the slaves get food?
- Why does Frederick say that “adopted slaveholders are the worst”?
- What, according to Frederick, happens to Master Thomas Auld after his conversion to Christianity? Why?
- Why does Frederick find irony in the fact that the slaves sabbath school is discontinued? Why does Frederick let Master Thomas’s horse run away?
- Again, Frederick compares the treatment of slaves to the treatment of horses. How?
- How does Master Thomas propose to ‘break’ Frederick?
- Why is the use of the verb ‘to break’ ironic?
- Why was Mr. Covey’s reputation for breaking slaves of great value to him?
- Why does Frederick suggest that Mr. Covey’s “pious soul” (p.70) adds to “his reputation as a ‘nigger-breaker’” (p. 70)?
“After his conversion, he found religious sanction and support for his slaveholding cruelty” (p. 67).
“He would quote this passage of Scripture—’He that knoweth his master’s will, and doeth it not, shall be beaten with many stripes’” (p. 68).
“He resolved to put me out, as he said, to be broken” (p. 69).
“Master Thomas was one of the many pious slaveholders who hold slaves for the very charitable purpose of taking care of them” (p. 69). *