I Never Told Anyone: Writings by Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Ellen Bass
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What could Lynn Swenson taste after her grandfather left her?

2. What does the netting in "The Window's Netting" refer to?

3. Where does Carrie go with her father and brother in "The Window's Netting"?

4. What is the name of Maya Angelou's brother?

5. What is Mr. Freeman's fate at the end of "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Blanche Woodbury's brother blame her for their mother's illness?

2. What does Lynn Swenson come to understand about her mother as she comes to term with her own abuse?

3. What two animals does Maya Angelou compare Mr. Freeman to In "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"?

4. What does Lynn Swenson describe in her poem called "From My Half-Sleep"?

5. What was Yarrow Morgan's childhood like?

6. What was Maggie Hoyal's childhood like and what caused her to write about her abuse?

7. What is Marty O. Dyke's poem "Yeah I'm Blaming You" about?

8. What is some of the success Maya Angelou has experienced in her life?

9. How were both Jill Morgan's parents responsible for her abuse?

10. What happens after Mr. Freeman rapes Maya Angelou?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

According to Ellen Bass in the Introduction, why is there such a stigma associated with childhood sexual abuse? Why does Bass contend that openly discussing sexual abuse will help diminish this stigma and perhaps even the frequency with which the abuse is perpetrated? Do you agree or disagree?

Essay Topic 2

What role does the media play in perpetuating the image of women as objects of sexual pleasure? Do you agree with Ellen Bass's indictments of the media and society made in the Introduction?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the allegorical implications of "A Totally White World." Compare the experience of Hummy to those of Maya Angelou and Billie Holiday.

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