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Harriet Jacobs

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Nonfiction | Autobiography / Memoir | Adult | Published in 1861

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1. What reason might Harriet have for refusing to reveal details of Benjamin’s self-emancipation?

A) It could expose those who help self-emancipated people.

B) She is unaware of the details surrounding his emancipation.

C) She did not want others to learn to self-emancipate.

D) The information could endanger Benjamin.

2. Which word best describes how Benjamin is portrayed in the book?

A) Docile

B) Spirited

C) Deferential

D) Explosive

3. How is Martha able to survive and become emancipated?

A) She is able to purchase her freedom.

B) She becomes friends with her female enslaver.

C) She cultivates relationships in the community.

D) She depends on her grandchildren to free her.

4. Which of the following is a way in which enslavers attempt to trick the enslaved into fearing the North?

A) They report on the high rate of poverty among self-emancipated people in the North.

B) They produce letters from emancipated people.

C) They permit the enslaved to visit self-emancipated people.

D) They make false claims of suffering for self-emancipated people in the North.

5. What can the reader infer about the free and enslaved Black people who trade information with enslavers?

A) They fear the consequences of failing to report what they know.

B) They have been hired by the enslavers to spy on the enslaved.