Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TED Talk: Summary & Analysis


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In her TED talk, what does Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie mean when she refers to a 'single story'?

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1. What is the main point that Adichie makes in her TED talk when she describes her experience of reading Western children's books?

2. At the end of her TED talk, what is Adichie urging us (her audience members) to do?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

TED talks have become the platform for the great thinkers of this generation, and this quiz will identify how much you understand about the presentation Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie gave concerning the danger of a single story. Quiz questions focus on the purpose of Adichie's discussion, the meanings of terms she uses, and the significance of her discussion.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to measure your knowledge of:

  • Description of a 'single story'
  • Adichie's main point in reference to her reading of Western children's books
  • What Adichie urges the audience to do
  • Relevance of Adichie's message to everyday life
  • Ways in which a single story about a specific group may influence them

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you refine the following skills:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about a single story in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding Adichie's message and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the influence a single story may have on others

Additional Learning

To continue learning about this topic, refer to the related lesson, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's TED Talk: Summary and Analysis. Use the lesson to identify quiz answers, and make time to go over the following:

  • Cultural experiences that led Adichie to develop her presentation
  • Stereotypes in literature
  • Adichie's definition of power and an analysis of her presentation