Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington Questions
CHAPTER I: A SLAVE AMONG SLAVES
What was one of Washington’s great fears when sent on errands to the mill? One of his great fears when sent to the mill that is was about three miles from the plantation. As he was not strong enough to reload the corn upon the horse, he would have to wait, sometimes for many hours, till a chance passer-by came along who would help him get out of my trouble. The woods were said to be full of soldiers who had deserted from the army, and he had been told that the first thing a deserter did to a Negro boy when he found him alone was to cut off his ears. Besides, when he was late in getting home he knew he would always get a severe scolding or a flogging.
2. What was his greatest desire? How might this influence the rest of his life? Washington’s greatest desire was if he ever got free he would enjoy some ginger-cakes in the way like the young ladies he saw on the yard. This might have influence the rest of his life because he would have something to look forward to once he got free as a slave
3. What evidence suggests he saw the plight of the slaves in an Old Testament?
4. Why did he wait so long to reveal the coded language of the black songs? Booker T. Washington waited so long to reveal the coded language of the black songs because the codes were highly sensitive in relation to racism and racial discrimination. Releasing the codes earlier could have subjected him to accusations of incitement during that time.
CHAPTER II:BOYHOOD DAYS
What factors worked against him, his family, and his neighbors in achieving an education? How did attending night school influence his theories as a future educator? Attending night school influence his theories as a future educator because he learned more at night than the children during the day and that he had a better advantage than the other children. And that the experiences he had in the night school gave him faith in the night school idea, with which, in after years, he would had to do both at Hampton and Tuskegee. 3. Why did he value his own experience over other published theories? With the selection of a name, what larger quest was he attempting to fulfill, and how did having a name relate to this more universal quest?*
What hard lesson did he learn about the relative nature of rewards and work? What was his goal on telling his story? In what ways he trying to influence the reader?