Angelou's A Brave and Startling Truth: Theme & Analysis


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What is the brave and startling truth that Angelou wants us to know?

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1. This poem only has one period at the very end. Why?

2. For what organization did Maya Angelou write this poem?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This assessment will test your knowledge of Maya Angelou's poem, 'A Brave and Startling Truth.' It will ask questions about the theme, symbolism, and history of the poem.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz/worksheet will help students answer questions on these topics:

  • The meaning of the poem
  • The format of the poem
  • Angelou's purpose for writing
  • References in the poem

Skills Practiced

The quiz/worksheet will help students build the skills listed below:

  • Reading comprehension - read and pull the most significant information from the related lesson on Angelou's poem
  • Critical thinking - analyze symbols and theme in 'A Brave and Startling Truth'
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding author's purpose
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the meaning of the poem

Additional Learning

To learn more information about this literary work, check out the associated lesson, 'Angelou's A Brave and Startling Truth: Theme & Analysis.' It will help students meet these objectives:

  • Identify theme in 'A Brave and Startling Truth'
  • Determine Angelou's purpose for writing
  • Learn about the rhyme scheme of the poem
  • Define polysyndeton
  • Understand Angelou's use of lists and punctuation