Read this excerpt from chapter 1 of i know why the caged bird sings by maya angelou and answer the question. when i was three and bailey four, we had arrived in the musty little town, wearing tags on our wrists which instructed – ‘to whom it may concern’ – that we were marguerite and bailey johnson jr. … negro passengers, who always traveled with loaded lunch boxes, felt sorry for ‘the poor little motherless darlings’ and plied us with cold fried chicken and potato salad. which of the following best describes the cultural context of this memoir? life of african-americans in rural south of 1940s train travel in 1940s american rural south cotton-picking methods in 1940s american rural south voting traditions of african-americans in 1940s american rural south


told from “I” as if she is a child reliving the event

Told from “I” as an adult thinking about meaning of the event.


Maya Angelou's autobiography "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" is one of the most famous recollections of a black woman's life during the racism period in America. She recounts her earlier years when she had to endure all sorts of abuses and prejudices due to her negro heritage.

The given excerpt from Chapter I of the book shows Angelou recounting her childhood story of how she and her brother were travelling in a train without any family escort. Their name-tags hanging for whatever issues that may arise, she describes how she had managed to survive. The narrative point of view is that of the adult narrator, using the "I" showing the event/ scene from an adult's perspective.

The correct answer is A.

This passage from Maya Angelou's " I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" is written in first person.

She is telling a story from her childhood, but is writing it from her adult perspective, thinking and analizing the events that took place years before. She does not include what she though or felt when she was living the expierence, she merely retells it, to explain the reader about her own story.

The correct answer is A.


The correct answer is "A metaphor for luggage".

In this excerpt from "I know Why The Cage Bird Sings", written by Maya Angelou, she's using specific language that implicates an allusion to the children being private property. The tags on their wrists which read "to whom it may concern" is particularly striking, as it's the type of thing you'd find attached to luggage, and we're talking about human beings.

Hope this helps!

The answer is B: an exaggeration of the facts.


We know that Angelou's use of diction in this passage, is an exaggeration to the facts mostly for the following line: "wearing tags on our wrists which instructed – ‘To Whom It May Concern’ – that we were Marguerite and Bailey Johnson Jr. …" It's obvious this is figurative, it's just a way to let the audience know they were "motherless" and "alone in the world", an exaggerative way to let it know. The other two options cannot be possible as the whole passage not only gives the Runaway Train background, but also "a little town". And luggage, although it doesn't have to be directly stated, is not possible, for the whole passage focuses only on the girls and passengers.

a metaphor for luggage

"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" is actually a book written by Maya Angelou. And based on the excerpt above from Chapter 1 of this book, Angelou makes use of her diction in order to represent the children as a metaphor for luggage. With the use of metaphor, the children as being described above is like being compared to a luggage. Hope this helps.
Life of African-Americans in rural South of 1940s

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Life of African-Americans in rural South of 1940s

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