I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

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Chapter 8: Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. How were Stamps, Arkansas, and Chitlin’ Switch, Georgia, alike?

2. What did the writer mean when she said “a Negro couldn’t buy vanilla ice cream”?

3. What was the difference between giving “in the Negro neighborhood” and the giving done by the whites?

4. What color, according to Marguerite, was God?

5. When did the “Negro community” finally realize that the Depression had come to Stamps?

6. Why did the people quit raising hogs?

7. How did Mrs. Henderson keep the Store going when the people of the community had only food from the welfare agencies instead of money?

8. Why did Marguerite think Uncle Willie was vain?

9. Why did Marguerite and Bailey eat the powdered eggs from the welfare when their family was not on welfare?

10. What did the children receive from their father on that “terrible Christmas”?

1. Both towns contained prejudiced people. Segregation and prejudice seemed to be a way of life in the Depression-era South.

2. The white people were so prejudiced that they would not allow “a Negro” to buy ice cream that was white. The ways of the...

(The entire section is 372 words.)