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by Maya Angelou

Africa Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. How would this poem be different if it were about a single country (like Ghana or Sudan)? Do you think a poem about Africa as whole has a particular impact? What might it be?
  2. How would this poem be different if the speaker identified him or herself?
  3. What does this poem make you feel? Sympathy? Anger? Sorrow? Do your feelings change over the course of the poem?
  4. How would you describe the Africa you encounter in this poem?

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