If We Must Die' by Claude McKay

In this lesson, we will meet the poem 'If We Must Die' for the first time. We will explore our first impressions of this powerful writing from the poet Claude McKay and learn more about what it means to study poetry.

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Quiz:

'If We Must Die' by Claude McKay - Quiz

Use these questions to text your knowledge of Lesson 1: 'If We Must Die' by Claude McKay. Good luck!

Q1.Who wrote the poem 'If We Must Die'?

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Q2.How do we first approach a poem?

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Q3.When we first look at the sounds and language of a poem, what is it good to think about?

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Q4.What does it mean to do something nobly?

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Q5.Which of the two groups in the poem are described as behaving nobly?

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Q6.Which of these words is used to describe the 'we' group in the poem?

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Q7.Which of these words is used to describe the 'they' group in the poem?

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Q8.What have we learnt 'If We Must Die' is about so far?

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This quiz includes images that don't have any alt text - please contact your teacher who should be able to help you with an audio description.

Quiz:

'If We Must Die' by Claude McKay - Quiz

Use these questions to text your knowledge of Lesson 1: 'If We Must Die' by Claude McKay. Good luck!

Q1.Who wrote the poem 'If We Must Die'?

1/8

Q2.How do we first approach a poem?

2/8

Q3.When we first look at the sounds and language of a poem, what is it good to think about?

3/8

Q4.What does it mean to do something nobly?

4/8

Q5.Which of the two groups in the poem are described as behaving nobly?

5/8

Q6.Which of these words is used to describe the 'we' group in the poem?

6/8

Q7.Which of these words is used to describe the 'they' group in the poem?

7/8

Q8.What have we learnt 'If We Must Die' is about so far?

8/8

Lesson summary: If We Must Die' by Claude McKay

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