He felt as though she had earned her freedom aside from the fact that she was old and frail. 4. Why is Douglass forced to permanently leave Baltimore? He is forced to permanently leave Baltimore because his master remarried to a woman who lived in St. Michael’s.
Chapter IX (9) 1. Describe Douglass’ new master. Douglass’ new master was terrible and cruel to him and they often starved him. 2. How does religion change Thomas Auld? Religion causes Thomas Auld to become even more rude and full of hatred. He was a much worse man than before his conversion. 3. Why does Douglass frequently let his master’s horse run away? He lets the horses run away because when he went to chase the horses down, he would always get fed and never left hungry. 4. Describe Mr. Covey. Why does Douglass gladly take him as a temporary master? Mr. Covey was a poor farm-renter and was known for breaking slaves. He was a believer in religion and had many good qualities. Through all of negative reputations, Douglass still took him as his master because he knew he would get fed enough. Chapter X (10) (pages 69-102) 1. Why is Douglass first whipped by Mr. Covey? Describe the scene. Mr. Covey whips Douglass because Mr. Covey sent Douglass to the woods and gave him oxen to help carry firewood. He was told that if the oxen try to run, he had to hold on to the rope. After reaching the woods, the oxen got frightened and took off and thrashed the cart into a tree and the oxen got tangled. After fixing all of this, half of the day had gone by and when he reached home, the oxen ran again, tearing the cart to pieces. Covey then whipped him after having to show him how to gather wood. 2. Why does Mr. Covey buy the slave Caroline? He buys Caroline because he saw her as a “breeder.” He wanted her to have his child. 3. What are the first six months of Douglass’ stay with Mr. Covey like? In the first six months, Douglass was forced to work in all sorts of weather, and was always forced to work, regardless of whether it was day or night. Covey whipped him at least once a week and finally broke Douglass.
4. Douglass talks to the boats on the Chesapeake Bay. What kinds of things does he say to them? Why does he envy the boats? He tells them that he envies them because they are free to do as they please and can leave when they wanted to. He tells them about wanting to run away and that he does not want to die as a slave. 5. Douglass spends several days avoiding Mr. Covey. What happens? When he avoids Mr. Covey, Covey comes searching for him in order to whip him with cow skin. When he doesn’t find him, he knows that Douglass will have to come back eventually. 6. What does Sandy Jenkins give Douglass? Does it work? Is there any logical reason for Mr. Covey to not whip Douglass that day?
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