Someone Knows My Name Short Essay - Answer Key

Lawrence Hill
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1. Where and when does Book One, Chapter 1 open? How does the narrator introduce herself in this chapter?

Book One, Chapter 1opens in London in 1802, with the narrator's line, "I seem to have trouble dying."The narrator is an elderly woman who grew up Muslim. When the narrator was ten or eleven, her family's lives were ripped apart when she was kidnapped and sold into slavery.

2. What is Meena’s full name? Why is she located in her current setting in Book One, Chapter 1?

Aminata Diallo, or "the famous Meena Dee," is the narrator and protagonist of the story and relates that she is kept busy in London and is to meet King George; the abolitionists have brought Aminata to England to help them change history.

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