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Trivia Quiz - Frederick Douglass Quotes
Frederick Douglass was an ex-slave, abolitionist and fervent social reformer who wrote extensively on many issues affecting America. From the forty quotes below, find the ten belonging to this outstanding campaigner for the rights of all people.
June 15, 2020
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1. Life was a constant struggle against injustice for Frederick Douglass. Which of the following quotes about struggle was made by him?
A. Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths.
B. Quietly endure, silently suffer and patiently wait.
C. If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
D. If you're absent during my struggle, don't expect to be present during my success.
2. Three of the four quotes below on children are from US Presidents. Which belongs to Frederick Douglass?
A. It is easier to build strong children than repair broken men.
B. Children are our most valuable natural resource.
C. In the long view, no nation is any healthier than its children.
D. A child miseducated is a child lost.
3. Which of the following quotes about America was made by Frederick Douglass?
A. America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
B. It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress.
C. That's why they call it the American Dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it.
D. America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future.
4. Which of the following quotes about being true to oneself was made by Frederick Douglass?
A. Don't let them break you. Don't let them tell you who you are.
B. I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring ridicule, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.
C. Why fit in when you were born to stand out?
D. A wise man never loses anything, if he has himself.
5. Which of the following quotes about power was delivered by Frederick Douglass?
A. Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
B. Our power comes not from suppressing others but from uplifting them.
C. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and never will.
D. Nobody is as powerful as we make them out to be.
6. The abolition of slavery drove Frederick Douglass. Which quote on slavery is his?
A. For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery.
B. If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong.
C. I would rather be a rebel than a slave.
D. No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened around his own neck.
7. Always proud to be thought a rebel, which rebellion quote below belongs to Frederick Douglass?
A. The thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion.
B. When tyranny becomes law, rebellion is a right.
C. When all other rights are taken away, the right of rebellion is made perfect.
D. What is a rebel? A man who says no.
8. Which of the quotes below is Frederick Douglass' view of majority?
A. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.
B. You can't have five wolves and one sheep voting on what to have for dinner.
C. One and God make a majority.
D. When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong.
9. Which of the quotes below on Christianity was made by Frederick Douglass?
A. No Christian can be a pessimist, for Christianity is a system of radical optimism.
B. Between the Christianity of this land and the Christianity of Christ, I recognize the widest possible difference.
C. Science has done more for the development of western civilization in one hundred years than Christianity did in 1,800 years.
D. Christianity taught men that love is worth more than intelligence.
10. Which of the following quotes on the importance of reading belongs to Frederick Douglass?
A. You must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.
B. Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.
C. Reading without thinking will confuse you.Thinking without reading will place you in danger.
D. You cannot open a book without learning something.
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