THE INCIDENTS IN THE LIFE OF A SLAVE GIRL
1. READ THE BRIEF BIOGRAPHY OF HARRIET JACOBS BEFORE YOU READ THE ASSIGNED TEXT.
2. ANSWER THE FOLLOWING IN AT LEAST TWO PARAGRAPHS EACH. BE SURE TO GIVE EXAMPLES FROM THE TEXT:
A. Why do you think Jacobs did not name herself as the author? In the preface by the author, Jacobs signs the name Linda Brent. Why does she change the
names of other individuals in the book?
B. For what audience is this book written?
C. How does Norcom describe Harriet?
D. What skills does he say that she has?
E. What does he say is her reason for running away?
F. Where does he think she may be?
G. How much reward is offered for her capture and return?
H. What does the amount say about the value he placed on her?
I. In Chapter XVI, how does the treatment of the children of slaves on the plantation
and the knowledge that her children are to be brought to the plantation to be “broke in” fuel Harriet’s resolve to escape?
J. What purpose do the passages where Jacobs addresses her white female audience serve?
K. Explain the themes of immorality, family, the importance of a peaceful place to live, community, the degradation of slavery, the perils of slavery
particularly for women and children, motherhood, and the rich heritage of African history. All of these themes must have EXAMPLES FROM THE TEXT.
L. Compare Harriet Jacobs with the indomitable spirit of Harriet Tubman. How are these two women alike?
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