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The female poet Maya Angelou, Afro-American intellectual, dies at 86

In 2011 Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the most prestigious civilian award U.S. for her life. The female poet and civil activist Maya Angelou died at age 86 at her home in North Carolina (USA), reported her agent

She was author of the famous autobiography “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” (1969) and she was considered one of the leading African-American intellectuals.Actively she participated in the rights movement and she worked with Malcolm X and Martin Luther King.

She was writer but also dancer, actress and the first Afro-American film-maker in Hollywood.

In “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” -the first of several autobiographies she wrote-, she recounted her childhood in Missouri and Arkansas, where she was sexually abused.

She worked as a journalist in the years of African decolonization, she was editor of the English newspaper The Arab Observer and later taught at the University of Accra (Ghana).

Her successful and extensive career earned her three Grammy music awards, and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for literature, Tony Awards (theatre) and Emmy Awards (TV), the latter for his part in the “Roots” series.

Because of her intellectual prestige she was invited to read her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” in 1993 during the inauguration of President Bill Clinton.

Since 1982, she was university professor and held the chair of American Studies at the University of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Washington (USA), May 28, 2014, EFE / Practice Spanish

Grammar notes: superlatives, to emphaise an element in the sentence, the past in Spanish

Ejercicio 1

Comprensión de la noticia

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La noticia trata de...
A
El fallecimiento de una poetisa
B
Una película sobre Maya Angelou
C
La publicación de unos poemas inéditos
Question 2
Maya Angelou es conocida por...
A
Ganar un Oscar
B
Ser una ayudante de Bill Clinton
C
Su lucha por los derechos civiles en América
Question 3
Dada su amplia trayectoria profesional, Angelou...
A
Fue una mujer polifacética
B
Fue una persona monótona
C
Fue una persona sin inquietudes
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Una “autobiografía” es...
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Escribir sobre la vida de uno mismo
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Escribir sobre la vida de otras personas
C
Escribir sobre los autos
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Ortografía

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Catédra
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Cátedra
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Catedra
Question 2
Elige la palabra correcta
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Aktri
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Actris
C
Actriz
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Prestiguio
B
Prestigio
C
Prestijio
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Periodico
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Periódico
C
Perridico
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Conjugamos

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Participabas
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Participas
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Participaba
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Señala el pretérito perfecto simple correcto (tú)
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Invitabas
B
Invitastes
C
Invitaste
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Señala el pretérito perfecto indicativo (ellos)
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Han tomado
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Has tomado
C
Hayan tomado
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Lelleron
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Leeron
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Leyeron
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