An analysis of Maya Angelou’s hilarious short story “Sister Monroe.” This handout begins with a discussion of what typically makes people laugh. Five characteristics of humor are listed and applied to Angelou’s story. A distinction is then made between physical humor and intellectual humor; again the use if these two types are examined in “Sister Monroe.” This handout aims to provide your students with a greater understanding of what humor is and of how brilliantly Angelou uses humor in her story. My handout, which has blanks that your students can fill in, may be used as a homework assignment or as an in-class activity. An answer key is provided on a separate page at the end of the handout. Prepared by Professor William Tarvin, Ph.D., who has published many articles on literature in scholarly journals.