the Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano

Essay question chose:

B) During his time as a slave, Equiano experienced great change and improvement in his economic condition and social status. What were the causes and circumstances that allowed him, while still a slave, to start rising in the world, accumulate money, and eventually obtain his freedom?

My answer to the topic (Use this idea to finish this essay, you can revise it to be better):

When Pascal sent Equiano to his sister-in-law, he learned how to read and write English and got converted to Christianity where he learned about the Christian faith. Robert King who was an American merchant from Philadelphia later bought him. Equiano got much favor in the eyes of Robert. He was taught to read and write fluently by Robert King. At the age of twenty years, Robert King told Equiano that with 40 pounds he would buy his freedom. Robert King guided him in the religious path. He also allowed him to do profitable trading for the account of Robert as well as his account. Equiano was a hardworking man. He sold fruits, glass numbers as well as other items. He did business between Georgia and Caribbean islands. In 1767, Equiano was allowed to buy his freedom. His ability to read, write and communicate in English was one of the causes that enabled him to raise economically even though a slave. His religious faith was another thing that helped him rise because he knew everybody was equal before God so did not hold the whites as superior people hence was able to interact freely with them.

Write an essay of approximately 1000+ words (about 3-5 typed double-spaced pages) in which you address and answer ONE of the Questions. Type at your essay’s start your Name, Student ID Number, and Letter of the Question on which you are writing.

Always support the accuracy of your statements and conclusions by using information and statements made by Equiano. Base your argument on his own words. Don’t quote or cite much the editor (R. Allison) or anyone else’s secondary statements about Equiano. Base your answers on statements made and information given by Equiano in the primary historical document of his Interesting Narrative. Do not use other sources.

Whenever referring to the book’s contents–whether directly quoting it, paraphrasing it or even just relaying its basic information–always cite your information’s documentary source. Place in parentheses the page number of the book (The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano) where that statement or information appears. Cite page sources for basic information and paraphrases, not just for direct quotations. Its unnecessary to cite page sources for the most basic information, such as he was born in Africa or was an activist in the movement in England to end the Slave Trade; however, anything more particular should have a page source cited within parentheses. For example, if you tell how he and his sister were kidnapped while the village adults were out working or that he met on a ship a friend Dick Baker who began to teach him to read, you should give page citations for where this information appears in the narrative.

WRITING RULES & TIPS: Write clearly, understandably, and grammatically. Write in complete sentences and use paragraphs. Write in past tense about events that occurred in the past.

Correct spelling is required. PROOFREAD carefully to catch and eliminate careless. OOPS–errors!

All essays should have a clear Introduction (including thesis), Body, and Conclusion.


Each essay is worth up to 60 points, based on
1) how well and fully the essay addresses the issues in the Question,
2) how skillfully it chooses and presents relevant information from the primary documents, and
3) how well it references the documentary sources.
Up to 10 points is based specifically on the essay’s writing standards.