Review of Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative

The essential purpose of writing a book review is to enable the reviewer to summarize, evaluate, and communicate to the reader of the review the book that the reviewer has read. You should not only summarize the contents of the book, but also critically evaluate the book. Description: Olaudah Equiano was born in Nigeria in 1745 (some records indicate that he may have been born in South Carolina in 1747), enslaved, and brought to Virginia and later to England. By means of careful saving and business practice he was able to purchase his own freedom in 1766. The Interesting Narrative was first published in 1789. Vincent Carretta’s introduction provides the historical background. Font, Spacing, Page Numbers Times New Roman 12-point-font. 1.5 line spacing. Essay must be Left Justified. Page numbers in top right corner No MIn or Max page number. All Questions just need to be answered How do I answer each question? No introduction needed. Retype all questions as stated in this assignment. Each question prompt must be answered in one paragraph or more. For example, Question #2 must be answered in one paragraph. Please answer all additional questions that are associated with Question #2 within the same body paragraph(s). All questions must be addressed to earn the most possible points. Each paragraph must have 5 or more sentences. Each paragraph must have with 3 footnotes or more to indicate your references. Only use the assigned book. No outside sources can be use. No points for placing comments in the footnotes. Only references belong in the footnotes. Please review “How to add footnotes in Word” (0:57)” and in the module Writing Help with Lecture Tutorials: Discussion Post, Essays, Footnotes, Contractions No quoting. All statements must be in your own words. All statements must be in third person. Avoid first person discussion. No contractions, unless they are possessive nouns. —-THE QUESTIONS ARE LISTED BELOW— Part I Perhaps one of the most striking aspects of Equiano’s narrative is that it provides readers with a view of Europeans from the viewpoint of a captured African. In a paragraph detail some of the main differences–of geography and culture–to which Equiano testifies. 2. For these questions, briefly summarize the main points in one paragraph. What are the main facts about Equiano’s eventual achievement of his freedom? What things does he attribute to providence? What things does he attribute to his own self-reliance? What evidence does the book provide about Equiano’s role in the antislavery movement? 4. Equiano served in the Royal Navy during the Seven Years’ War (called the French and Indian War in America) under Admiral Edward Boscawen. He saw action including the siege of Louisbourg (1758) in Canada and the battle of Lagos Bay (1759) off the coast of Portugal. In 1773 as a civilian mariner he embarked on an Arctic voyage in search of a Northeast Passage to India. What insights does Equiano provide from his years at sea? 5. Equiano witnessed the early industrialization of England. What conclusions did he draw about the impact of the Industrial Revolution? 6. What evidence does the book provide about Equiano’s religion? 7. How did Equiano’s religion affect his actions? Part II 8. What was the author’s (Equiano’s) purpose in writing the book? To put it another way: Where is the author coming from? Where is he going with this book? 9. How well did the author achieve that purpose? 10. What specific core audience did the author hope to reach with this book? 11. What devices did Equiano use to establish the historical credibility of his Interesting Narrative? To what extent did the author set standards for accuracy in writing history? To what extent did the author blur the distinction between fiction and nonfiction? 12. What are the book’s strengths and weaknesses? Part II Conclusion Examples and footnotes must be used here. 13. To what extent are the author’s expectations and standards of accuracy similar to or different from our own? To what extent have our expectations and standards of accuracy changed since the author’s time? 14. How did the author deal with the challenges and dilemmas that he encountered? Select two challenges and dilemmas the author encountered and explained how you would deal with the same experiences.

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