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The People Could Fly (Grade 5)

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The People Could Fly

This story is considered...
  1. A mystery
  2. A folktale
  3. A fairy tale
  4. A true story
What happened to their wings when they were captured for Slavery?
  1. They were cut off.
  2. They were tied up.
  3. They shed them.
  4. They forgot them.
The phrase "as light as a feather" when used in the story is a...
  1. Simile
  2. Metaphor
  3. Alliteration
  4. Cliche
What did the wings and flying represent?
  1. Happiness
  2. Freedom
  3. Birds
  4. Family
In the story, what is an overseer?
  1. A fellow slave
  2. A person watching the slaves
  3. God
  4. Someone who helps slaves
Why couldn't Toby take all of the slaves with him?
  1. They were too old.
  2. He didn't have time to teach them.
  3. They didn't want to go.
  4. The Overseer caught them.
What did the people who could not fly do?
  1. Passed the story on to their children
  2. Wrote letters to those who went away
  3. Tried to learn how to fly
  4. Became very sad and tired
Why do you think the Master said the flying was a lie, a trick of the light?

Draw a picture to show what happened during one scene in "The People Could Fly."

Why do you think African-Americans passed this story down to their children?

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