Grading: This essay will be graded according to the following rubric:
Content (Inclusion of detailed & strong examples = 20 points
Analysis (Rather than just a summary of events in the book) = 20 points
Writing quality = 10 points
Essay Prompt: Answer each of the following two questions. Don’t forget to build an argument!
Abolitionists used The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano as a tool in their fight to end slavery because of the excellent details provided by Equiano. In particular, Equiano provided details about several stages of slave life: capture in Africa, the Middle Passage, work/labor in the colonies, and emancipation. Explore Equiano’s path to obtaining his freedom. What surprised you?
How important is Equiano’s experience with Christianity? How does religion influence his life as a slave or a free man? Defend your answer by analyzing at least one specific event from the book where you see the influence and power of Equiano’s religious beliefs.