Phillis’s Big Test By Catherine Clinton

This book supports African American History month as it tells the story from Phillis Wheatley’s point of view.  Although she was a slave, her owners allowed their children to share their lessons with her so that she was one of the few educated slaves of her time.

By the support and kindness of her owners, students may infer that the Wheatley’s did not demean their slaves as many owners did in the South even though it was many years after the Civil War.

Readers may draw the conclusion that Phillis did pass her test even though the actual examination isn’t in the story.

Cause and effect is shown in that because Phillis’s owners allow her to learn, the effect is that she became a writer and a poet.


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