What Is The Purpose Of I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings Poem

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Sympathy Think & Focus Questions: 1. What is the speaker describing in the first stanza? How does this description help the reader to understand how the caged bird feels? How does the speaker’s identification with the bird’s feelings tell you something about how the speaker feels? The speaker is describing the desperation and loneliness of a caged bird in the first stanza, though in an unconventional way. He describes the beauty and wonder of the circumstance, of the events that are happening around the caged bird; the bright sunrise, the light breeze, a calm river, and an overall picturesque scene. However, the poor caged bird is detained in his cage and cannot go out to enjoy these sumptuous wonders, for he is barred from it. Reading this,…show more content…
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Think & Focus Questions: 1. How does Mrs. Flower’s lesson change the way Marguerite feels about books and words? Mrs. Flower’s lesson changed the way Marguerite feels about books and words when she spoke about people who are not able to go to school. She stated that they are not necessarily dumb, but can be just as smart as a college professor. She explained this to Marguerite when she was sent to live in Stamps. 2. Reread the excerpt, paying close attention to the descriptions of Mrs. Flower’s voice and speech. What do all of these details have in common? How do they help to develop the passage’s central or main idea? Mrs. Flowers voice and speech denotes details of her personality, which is poised and genteel. It also is seen through her use of rich terms and intelligent vocabulary that she is well educated and refined. These details of her speech develop the passage’s central idea by specifying Mrs. Flowers to be a mentor figure for the main character who she looks up to and seeks advice from. The Joy Luck…show more content…
According to President Kennedy, what are some of the drawbacks of space travel? Support your answer with textual evidence. According to President Kennedy, the among the drawbacks of space travel is the sheer amount of money it requires. In his speech, he stated that “this year’s space budget is three times what it was in January 1961, and it is greater than the space budget of the previous eight years combined.” This shows that space travel is no cheap effort. 2. Summarize the reasons that Kennedy believes space exploration is a dream worth pursuing. Use the annotation tool to make inferences about the text and its deeper meaning. Highlight evidence from the text and make annotations to support your explanation. President Kennedy believes that space exploration is a dream worth pursuing, even with its costly enterprise because it is the first step into the vast unknown of space, the first step into finding out information about space. In his own words, he states that “we have vowed that we shall not see space filled with weapons of mass destruction, but with instruments of knowledge and
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