In the program The Living Edens Maya Angelou described Madagascar as a
wondrous realm where trees seem to stand with their roots in the
sky. What picture comes to mind from these words and what other words would you use
to describe what you saw on the video?
2. When she described the Singhi of Bimoraia
in Madagascar, she used the phrase towering limestone pinnacles and said that
the razor edges . . . form the ultimate fortress against the outside world.
She describes the land with phrases such as jagged landscape and
bladelike rocks. Draw a picture of the landscape as you see it in your mind
from these words and phrases. Why is the word fortress important and how does
she support that word with other word choices?
3. Speaking of this same landscape, she adds
Erosion left a maze of crevasses a hundred feet deep, providing sanctuary to the
creatures that live here. Describe in your own words how the animals that live in
these crevasses use that depth as a sanctuary. Think of what the word
sanctuary means and how the depth and the sides of the crevass support her use
of the word sanctuary.