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. Where does Bailey build a hideaway?

2. What does Maya admire about Momma?

3. What does Maya think of Mrs. Flowers?

4. What is the biggest gathering of the year in Stamps for black people?

5. What does Maya decide to do after Mr. Freedman is stopped?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Maya think she might be a lesbian and what does she think a lesbian is?

2. What does Maya say about childhood questions?

3. What happens between Dolores and Maya when Maya's father leaves her with Dolores?

4. What does Maya do when she leaves her father's friend's house?

5. Describe Maya's perceptions and experience in her first year at George Washington High School.

6. What does Maya say she learns from her mother's family?

7. What happens to Maya's neighborhood in San Francisco during the war?

8. How does Maya feel about San Francisco as a community?

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

10. What does Momma do when Maya has cavities that need the attention of a dentist?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Do you think Maya's family's socioeconomic position affected her life as much as her race? Why or why not? Use examples from the book to illustrate your opinion.

Essay Topic 2

Maya learned young to fear death. How do you think life would be different if humans had a 500-year lifespan?

Essay Topic 3

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

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