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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. Why does Moraga think her writing could be considered racist?
2. Who is the narrator's lover in "You Upset the Whole System of This Place?"
3. What can Moraga not completely erase from her life?
4. From which woman did all the women in Moraga's family want approval?
5. To which of the following oppressed groups does Moraga refer in "Hearts?"
Short Essay Questions
1. What is Moraga trying to say when she presents lesbians as masculine?
2. Why does Moraga say it is important for any activist to realize that oppression is not just exterior and how is the women's movement a subtle form of racism?
3. What is the dominant theme in this set of poems?
4. What role did the Catholic Church play in Moraga's acceptance of her lesbianism?
5. In "Heading East" what imagery does Moraga use to illustrate how male-dominated society tries to marginalize women?
6. What does a girl named Cecilia learn in "Later, She Met Joyce?"
7. To what does Moraga compare the sensation of falling in "The Voices of the Fallers?"
8. What is one of the main themes in this section of poems?
9. How does Moraga compare herself to her lover's dead brother in "No Born-Again Children?"
10. In "Hearts" to what war is Moraga referring when she talks about a war no one really knew about?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
LOVING IN THE WAR YEARS is a classic story of the search to find your true identity and the struggle to preserve it. What does that classification entail? Why does Moraga's work in this book fit into this category? Explain.
Essay Topic 2
The book is written in 1983 during a period of growth and prosperity in America. Explain the significance of the political and cultural events of the time on Moraga and other oppressed people. How would Moraga's life have been different if she were coming out as a Hispanic lesbian today instead of the time she did? Explain.
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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