Champion of the World by Maya Angelou: Summary & Analysis


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Who wrote Champion of the World?

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1. What is the setting of the chapter Champion of the World?

2. In Champion of the World, according to Angelou, if Joe Louis loses the fight what will people think?

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About This Quiz and Worksheet

This worksheet focuses on 'Champion of the World', a chapter from Maya Angelou's book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Topics discussed in the quiz include the author, the setting of the chapter, and boxer Joe Louis.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

Use this quiz to learn about:

  • The significance of Joe Louis winning the fight
  • Why some people decided to spend the night at the store and not go home after the match
  • What Joe Louis losing would mean to African Americans

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information given about the chapter
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about African American history in a different light
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about what the fight represents, as well as its significance

Additional Learning

To learn more about the chapter, review the accompanying lesson called 'Champion of the World' by Maya Angelou: Summary & Analysis. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn about African American history
  • Review an analysis of 'Champion of the World'
  • Get a better understanding of race relations in America during this time