I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Test | Final 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. What are the graduates of Lafayette Training School expected to become?

2. What do the people at graduation sing after the valedictorian's speech?

3. Why do Momma and Maya go away before Bailey?

4. How is racism practiced in San Francisco?

5. What does Maya's mother tell her when she is worried about raising a child?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens when Momma and Maya arrive in St. Louis?

2. How has Bailey changed in Maya's absence and what is Vivian's reaction to him?

3. Where does Maya stay after leaving her father's friend's?

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

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

6. How does Maya decide to see if she is a lesbian and what happens?

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

8. Describe Mrs. Taylor's funeral and Maya's reaction.

9. What happens with Dolores when Maya and her father return from Mexico?

10. What does Maya's father do for a living and how does he obtain what is necessary for the job?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Maya learns hope and faith through her religious community but also learns fear and hate from living in a segregated and oppressive environment. How do you think the positive values of hope and faith can balance the fear and hate in Maya's life? Use examples from the book to illustrate your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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