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Voices of an Emerging Nation Essay

This test has two parts. Part 1 is computer-scored, and should be completed online. Part 2 is the questions below, which you will need to turn in to your teacher. You must complete both parts of the test by the due date to receive full credit on this test. All of your answers should be complete sentences and paragraphs. (10 points)

1. Based on the readings in this unit, what do the readings in this unit reveal about diversity within the new nation? Use at least three specific examples from the reading selections. Your answer should be at least one complete paragraph. Answer: The diversity is how Equiano and Phillis were treated like animals and were enslaved for a good portion of their lives. Also, religion is a type of diversity. How people celebrate their religion to look for god. Diverse nation is another type of diversity. African Americans were treated poorly and were enslaved; this was a bad thing that happened in life. So I’ve learned that slavery is always bad and was dreadful thing people did in the past. Also that religion took over people lives that they had to believe or they’ll be punished by the religion. The blacks had no rights to defend themselves over any consequences. (15 points)

2. Throughout history, literature has been used as a form of protest. Choose two selections from this unit and explain why they can be thought of as protest literature. Discuss each selection in its own complete paragraph. Answer: Olaudah Equiano has been a slave since 11 years old. When he got to the age of 21 his owner let Olaudah buy off his freedom, and the story of Equiano he tells us how slavery was terrible for him.

For example, when he was 11 he was at the bottom of the ship sleeping with many other slaves and it was hot for them; many people got diseases during it as well. Benjamin Banneker wrote a letter to Thomas Jefferson about abolishing slavery. Benjamin thought Jefferson would agree with him because in Jefferson’s past life he thought slavery was inappropriate. Benjamin had examples to support himself and Jefferson did agree and slavery was abolished. (30 points)

3. What are some values that are important to the people who live and work in the new nation? List at least three values and illustrate their importance with evidence from at least three readings. Discuss each example in its own complete paragraph.

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