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Kitchenette Building

Kitchenette Building


by Gwendolyn Brooks

Kitchenette Building: What's Cooking, Chicago? Quiz

Think you’ve got your head wrapped around Kitchenette Building? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. What is a kitchenette building?

A small apartment that had to share kitchens and bathrooms with several other tenants.
A building filled with small kitchens that were used by the community, sometimes rented by the hour.
A department store where they sold mostly children's play kitchens.
A restaurant supply store.
Q. Why were there so many people using a single bathroom?

The people in kitchenettes were part of a hippie commune, and they enjoyed sharing every aspect of their living space.
The plumbing on the other floors wasn't working.
Each family, or apartment, had to share a bathroom with several other families in the building.
There was a water shortage in Chicago in the 30s, so the use of plumbing was limited.
Q. In the second stanza, what cooking smells does Brooks describe?

Green eggs and ham.
Bacon, eggs, and toast.
A birthday cake.
Onions and fried potatoes.
Q. In what city does this poem most likely take place?

New York City
Los Angeles
Q. In what decade does this poem likely take place?

The 1930s
The 1960s
The 1980s
Present day