The Interesting Narrative... of Olaudah Equiano

Why does Equiano include the letters authenticating his account?  Why might authenticity be such a concern for black writers? 

How does Equiano establish his sense of himself and of his literary purpose in the opening paragraphs of his narrative?  Why might this kind of self-definition and literary definition be particularly difficult for a former slave?

What elements of his original culture does Equiano describe or emphasize, and why?

What role does faith play in Equiano's life?  How and why does he arrive at his belief in God?  How does it shape his narrative?  (You might want to compare Equiano's use of faith with Rowlandson's...).

Why does Equiano rely so heavily on "fate" in assessing his circumstances?  How might this help him cope with his situation as a slave?

What is different about Equiano's life as a freeman from his life as a slave?   Do his circumstances seem to have improved, or deteriorated?

Equiano's title identifies his narrative and his life as "interesting": what does he seem to think is particularly "interesting" about it, and why?

In what way does Equiano's life-story serve as an argument against the slave-trade?  How does this affect his autobiographical efforts--that is, what dilemmas does he face in writing his life story that Franklin does not?