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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Contemplating her own ____________ gives Audre Lorde the perspective she needs in order to see the silence does not protect from fear.
(a) Effectiveness.
(b) Mortality.
(c) Poetry.
(d) Logic.

2. Audre Lorde accuses the author of the article of attacking the black feminists under the guise of trying to __________ with them.
(a) Understand their concerns.
(b) Work.
(c) Open a dialogue.
(d) Make peace.

3. To Audre Lorde, the power of the erotic has the capacity to remind Lorde of the human capacity for __________ in the world.
(a) Joy.
(b) Connection.
(c) Truth.
(d) Honor.

4. Audre Lorde accuses Mary Daly of completely dismissing the influence of ____________ in history.
(a) Poets.
(b) Black men.
(c) White men.
(d) Black women.

5. There is only, according to Audre Lorde, the renewed __________ to try out the old ideas which are waiting around.
(a) Power.
(b) Creativity.
(c) Inspiration.
(d) Courage.

Short Answer Questions

1. The _______ that the black men manifest toward black women would, according to Audre Lorde, be more effective as a force for greater change.

2. Audre Lorde decided to publish the open letter to Mary Daly after sending it to her and receiving ______________.

3. Audre Lorde characterizes the people in Uzbekistan as being __________ as she moves through the countryside.

4. Audre Lorde describes a black woman who once said that ____________ would lead to the extinction of the race as a whole.

5. Audre Lorde challenges the people at the panel to look at their lives as she looked at her possible _______________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some of the ills of modern life which Audre Lorde believes poetry can help to cure?

2. What happens to injustices when they are left silent, according to Audre Lorde's speech in this section?

3. What is the complaint that Helen tells Audre Lorde about the Russian working class, although Lorde disagrees?

4. What is the significant event which occurred just a little while after the letter of this section was written?

5. How does Audre Lorde define the idea of erotic and what it means to be erotic in the context of this chapter?

6. To what is this section of the book responding to? Who is Audre Lorde sending this letter in response to?

7. What do the feelings of poetry do in relation to connecting with other times, according to Audre Lorde?

8. What happens to old ideas when they are presented within the context of poetry, according to Audre Lorde?

9. What happened at a New York state college, according to Audre Lorde, when talking about the barriers to women?

10. What does Audre Lorde says is a symptom of white male-centric thought processes?

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