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Kitchenette Building

Kitchenette Building


by Gwendolyn Brooks

Kitchenette Building: It Stinks in Here True or False

1. Who were the majority of the tenants in kitchenette buildings? -> The Hiltons
2. Why were the conditions of the kitchenettes so poor? -> Rodent infestations in the 1930s were out of control.
3. Why didn't the tenants just move? -> Because of unofficial segregation and housing discrimination, they had few options.
4. In stanza 2, what's in the hall that's stinking up the place? -> Garbage
5. What does the speaker of the poem hope to do in the final stanza? -> Take a lukewarm shower.