Maya Angelou: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and Poetry


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1. In I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, a young Maya Angelou experiences many challenges in her life, EXCEPT:

2. When Maya Angelou's grandmother decides to move her away from the South, she relocates to:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of Maya Angelou's memoir and poetry. Some of the topics you'll be assessed on include Angelou's early life in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and general criticisms of Angelou's poetry.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The genre of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Maya Angelou's challenges in life
  • Maya Angelou's grandmother
  • Criticism regarding Maya Angelou's poetry
  • General emotion at the end of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow you to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Maya Angelou's memoir and poetry
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of a memoir as it relates to Maya Angelou
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the struggles a young Maya faced
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about common criticisms of Angelou's poetry

Additional Learning

To learn more about Maya Angelou, review the accompanying lesson titled Maya Angelou: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings & Poetry. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify key poems from Angelou's body of work
  • Know the events covered in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Recognize Angelou's later accomplishments