Table of Contents
- 1 How did Uncle Willie become handicapped?
- 2 What happened that caused Uncle Willie to lay low?
- 3 How did Uncle Willie punish the children if they made a second mistake on their times tables?
- 4 Why do Maya and Momma hide Uncle Willie?
- 5 What does Uncle Willie do to get Bailey and Marguerite to learn their times tables?
- 6 Why is Uncle Willie not liked in Stamps, Arkansas?
How did Uncle Willie become handicapped?
‘ His disability was caused when he was dropped by a careless babysitter when he was three-years-old, the same age Marguerite was when she rode a train from California to Stamps. His face is crooked, and one of his hands is very small.
What happened to Uncle Willie when he was a baby?
Uncle Willie’s disabilities are entirely the result of a tragic accident he sustained when he was a small child. At the tender age of just three years old, he was dropped by a careless babysitter, and this has had a massive and devastating impact on his life ever since.
What happened that caused Uncle Willie to lay low?
What happened that caused uncle willie to “lay low” one night? A black man had supposedly messed with a white lady. The Klan was out seeking revenge on the black men.
Why did Uncle Willie have to hide from the boys?
Uncle Willie hid in the vegetable bin to protect himself from the “boys” in the Ku Klux Klan. Maya describes him “like a casserole,” covered with onions and potatoes. Seeking God’s protection for Willie and the family, Momma prayed in the darkened store.
How did Uncle Willie punish the children if they made a second mistake on their times tables?
When they mess something up, Uncle Willie punishes them by burning them with the hot stove.
Who was Mr Freeman?
Mr. Freeman is Marguerite’s mother’s boyfriend, with whom they are living in St. Louis after Marguerite and her brother Bailey leave Stamps, Arkansas. He’s also the man who molests and rapes Marguerite.
Why do Maya and Momma hide Uncle Willie?
Momma, Marguerite, and Bailey have to hide Uncle Willie because the Klan was coming. 4. Marguerite loves her brother Bailey so much. She still struggles with understanding the ways of white people.
What does Uncle Willie do to punish mistakes in math that Maya makes?
By Maya Angelou When they mess something up, Uncle Willie punishes them by burning them with the hot stove.
What does Uncle Willie do to get Bailey and Marguerite to learn their times tables?
Marguerite and Bailey, at ages five and six, recite multiplication tables for their Uncle Willie, who pretends he will burn them if they make a mistake.
What does Marguerite say about Uncle Willie in I know why the caged bird sings?
At one point in the narrative, Marguerite states: ”I thought Uncle Willie sinfully vain, especially when I had to iron seven stiff starched shirts and not leave a cat’s face anywhere.” After Marguerite’s rape; however, she begins to have a different perspective on Uncle Willie.
Why is Uncle Willie not liked in Stamps, Arkansas?
Because Uncle Willie is usually at the store, which is essentially the hub of life in Stamps, Arkansas, it’s apparent to Marguerite, or at least becomes apparent, that Uncle Willie isn’t very well liked by the working men in town. The following passage describes her observation:
Why did Marguerite fall in love with Willie?
As a young black girl in the South, she identifies with the desire to live without burden, even for a moment, and this makes her feel connected to Willie. During these early years in Stamps, Marguerite “met and fell in love with William Shakespeare.” She feels as though Shakespeare understands her, even though he is white.