Primary Source: 'The Hypocrisy of American Slavery' by Frederick Douglass


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Why did Frederick Douglass choose to give his ''The Hypocrisy of American Slavery'' speech on the Fourth of July?

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1. In ''The Hypocrisy of American Slavery,'' Frederick Douglass' reference to Babylon's destruction rooted his argument in what source of morality?

2. The number of death-penalty consequences for slaves in Virginia law helped Frederick Douglass argue what point in ''The Hypocrisy of American Slavery.''

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This quiz/worksheet was created to test your comprehension of The Hypocrisy of American Slavery by Frederick Douglass. Multiple-choice questions will cover areas like the reason Douglass chose to deliver his speech on the Fourth of July and the source of morality for his speech when referencing the destruction of Babylon.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These points about the speech will be addressed:

  • What the number of death penalty consequences for slaves in Virginia law helped Douglass argue
  • Reason Douglass doesn't continue his argument about why slavery is wrong
  • His reference to fire when combating slavery

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  • Reading comprehension - make sure you know the most important information from the lesson on The Hypocrisy of American Slavery by Frederick Douglass, including his reason for giving the speech on the Fourth of July
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding Douglass' reference to the destruction of Babylon in his speech and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the way he refers to fire when talking about fighting against slavery

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More information on the infamous speech is available in the lesson called Primary Source: 'The Hypocrisy of American Slavery' by Frederick Douglass. Follow along with these topics listed as follows:

  • Douglass' role in social reform in America
  • Some of his publications on the injustices of slavery
  • Major points of his speech