1What messages did Douglas try to deliver to his audience?
2Find evidence of vivid imagery What impact does it have on the audience? Were the people of his time aware of the reality of the slaves’ treatment?
3Does Douglass employ comparison and contrast? Give specifics How do they contribute to the theme?
4Why do you think Douglass talks about his background?
5Find examples of ethos, pathos, and logos in the speech How do they help Douglass rally his audience in his cause?
6Do you find parallel structures? How do they effectively help him to convey his messages?
7Find cases of irony and analyze how they satirize the hypocrisy of slave owners
8Does he use induction or deduction or both? How do they contribute to the theme?
9What is his overall tone? Is he equivocal or forthright in the condemnations of the wrongs? Does he sound positive too? How do his tones help him appeal to his audience?
10Do you think racism still exists in America? Have you experienced or witnessed incidents of racial discrimination?