I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Maya give Bailey a dime?

2. What in the movies reminds Bailey of his mother?

3. What is Maya's mother by profession?

4. What does Maya tell Joyce?

5. What does Maya do with her panties after Mr. Freedman attacks her?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Bailey's hideaway and what he does there.

2. Describe Maya's reaction to her first Valentine.

3. What does the children's father do when he takes them from Stamps?

4. How does Bailey interact with people once they are back in Stamps?

5. Describe what happens after Maya's mother finds her panties.

6. Describe the activities of the blacks' Summer Fish Fry.

7. Describe how Uncle Willie feels about his handicap?

8. Describe Maya's grandparents who live in the West.

9. How does Maya feel about coming back to Stamps and what does she learn from the blacks there?

10. How do blacks in Stamps view white people and money?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

With her grandmother's stern discipline and religion, her rape and abandonment by both her father and mother, and dealing with racism, Maya had a difficult childhood. How do you think that might have made her the person she became?

Essay Topic 2

Do you think class determines a person's final position in society? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Do you think children have a better childhood if they are raised in a traditional mother/father home? Why or why not? Include a short opinion on how you think Maya's family life affected her as a person.

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