damian lee ms. kyle american studies “the battle with mr. covey” by frederick douglass 1. what does douglass sugge

Damian Lee
Ms. Kyle
American Studies
“The Battle with Mr. Covey”
By Frederick Douglass
1.
What does Douglass suggest about the importance of Covey to the
overall course of his life?
Douglass suggest about the importance of Covey to the overall course
of his life that changed his courage, and his view of his future.
2.
How old was Douglass when these events took place?
Douglass was fifteen years old when these events took place.
3.
Why does Mr. Covey beat him?
Mr. Covey beat him because Douglass was not doing his assigned work.
4.
How does Master Thomas respond when Douglass comes to him for
help?
Master Thomas respond when Douglass comes to him for help by telling
the slave that Mr. Covey is no dangerous man.
5.
The root that Sandy Jerkins gives to Douglass is a talisman, an
object believed to possess supernatural powers. What does Douglass
discover is even more powerful than the root?
Douglass discovers is even more powerful than the root about his
courage and will not to be a slave his whole life, the power to free
the chains to freedom.
6.
Based on this account, how would you characterize the young
Frederick Douglass?
I would characterize the young Frederick Douglass to be a brave youth,
with lots of will power.
7.
What does the entire incident reveal about Covey’s character?
The entire incident reveals about Covey’s character that Covey is
actually a coward trying to act like a box and a very weak, helpless
man.
8.
At the end of the selection, Douglass distinguishes between being
“a slave in form” and “a slave in fact.” Explain the meaning of
this distinction.
“Slave in fact” means that some people are born in slavery and accept
the fact of being slave for life and “slave in form” means people like
Douglass are born into slavery, but can change their destiny if acted
upon and have the courage to face the consequences of doing so to get
freedom.
9.
Explain the comparison implied in this line: “It [the battle]
rekindled the few expiring embers of freedom.” How are these
images related to the idea of rebirth?
These images relate to the idea of rebirth that by fighting that
battle opened a pathway for the small remaining amount of hope to
rebirth, to start anew with a better life.
10.
What is Douglass implicitly comparing slavery with when he refers
to “the bloody arm of slavery”?
Douglass is comparing slavery with the slaves and the masters. “The
bloody arm of slavery” meaning the master’s whipping to the slaves,
thus blood lost.
11.
Find the passage that specifically compares Douglass’s experience
to a rebirth. In this comparison, what is being compared with
what?
“This battle with Mr. Covey was the turning point in my career as a
slave” (pg. 430). Turning point in my career is being compared to
rebirth.

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