Loving in the War Years: Lo Que Nunca Pasó Por Sus Labios Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 does Cecilia do when in her dream she sees Deborah on the other side of the window with the burglar?

2. Cecilia thinks of everything in terms of which of the following?

3. How does Moraga visualize men in "Anatomy Lesson?"

4. The rough girl tells the boys that she _____________ but they do not understand.

5. In "Passage" Moraga speaks about how her _____________ has never been hers to do with as she pleases.

Short Essay Questions

1. In "Winter of Oppression, 1982" Moraga recalls seeing horrifying images of the Holocaust but why is Moraga even more shocked to see pictures of black lynchings?

2. In "Heading East" what imagery does Moraga use to illustrate how male-dominated society tries to marginalize women?

3. In "Passage", to what is Moraga referring when she says something of hers has always belonged to other people?

4. What aspect of her life does Moraga discuss in the introduction?

5. What imagery with weapons does Moraga give men in "Anatomy Lesson?"

6. How does Moraga use the metaphor of a phantom limb to describe repressed sexuality in "You Call It, 'Amputation'"?

7. What important lesson does Moraga learn about oppression and marginalization when it hits close to home?

8. What is Moraga trying to say when she presents lesbians as masculine?

9. Why does Moraga's mother ask her to speak to Moraga's father in "My Sister, Who Must Be Protected"?

10. What example does Moraga give about how she, herself, is guilty of oppressive behavior?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Moraga is a master at dramatic devices. Choose an example of symbolism, metaphors, and irony and then briefly describe them and identify the technique which they embody.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Moraga's anger in her poetry. Is it obvious or subtle? What about Moraga's essays? Does she even try to disguise her anger? What does she hope to accomplish by making her anger public?

Essay Topic 3

The theme of struggling with personal identity is an important one in this novel. Describe how it extends through setting, character and issues and provide examples for each.

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