Your Questions About Why Was Olaudah Equiano

Maria asks…

Why was Olaudah Equiano spared the fetters on the ship carrying slaves?

Why was Olaudah Equiano spared the fetters on the ship carrying slaves?

He was well behaved

He was too young

He was ill

He was fishing

He had to clean the deck

Robin West answers:

You will find the answer in this paragraph of his story.

“At last, when the ship we were in had got in all her cargo, they made ready with many fearful noises, and we were all put under deck, so that we could not see how they managed the vessel. But this disappointment was the least of my sorrow. The stench of the hold while we were on the coast was so intolerably loathsome, that it was dangerous to remain there for any time, and some of us had been permitted to stay on the deck for the fresh air; but now that the whole ship’s cargo were confined together, it became absolutely pestilential. The closeness of the place, and the heat of the climate, added to the number in the ship, which was so crowded that each had scarcely room to turn himself, almost suffocated us. This produced copious perspirations, so that the air soon became unfit for respiration, from a variety of loathsome smells, and brought on a sickness among the slaves, of which many diedÑ-thus falling victims to the improvident avarice, as I may call it, of their purchasers. This wretched situation was again aggravated by the galling of the chains, now became insupportable; and the filth of the necessary tubs, into which the children often fell, and were almost suffocated. The shrieks of the women, and the groans of the dying, rendered the whole a scene of borror almost inconceivable. Happily perhaps, for myself, I was soon reduced so low here that it was thought necessary to keep me almost always on deck; and from my extreme youth I was not put in fetters. In this situation I expected every hour to share the fate of my companions, some of whom were almost daily brought upon deck at the point of death, which I began to hope would soon put an end to my miseries. Often did I think many of the inhabitants of the deep much more happy than myself. I envied them the freedom they enjoyed, and as often wished I could change my condition for theirs. Every circumstance I met with, served only to render my state more painful, and heightened my apprehensions, and my opinion of the cruelty of the whites.”

Ruth asks…

Why did Olaudah Equiano’s two countrymen jump into the sea?

Why did Olaudah Equiano’s two countrymen jump into the sea?

They wanted to swim

They wanted to fish

They preferred death to a life of misery

They had become insane

They had been pushed into the sea

Robin West answers:

Preffered death to a life of misery they were captured salves in a horrible position they wanted to die

Betty asks…

Can somebody give me the answers to this please.Olaudah Equiano?

1.Give four facts about conditions aboard the slave ship.

2.What was Olaudah‘s greatest fear when he boarded the ship?

3.Why did many people die during the journey?

4.Why did Olaudah think the crew possessed magic?

Robin West answers:

This may give you a good starting point…


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