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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. Audre Lorde sees the Soviet Union as placing its___________ at the core of its programs, at least officially.
(a) People.
(b) Pride.
(c) Talents.
(d) Natural resources.

2. The erotic is a depth of _______________ that women in this society are encouraged to ignore, according to Audre Lorde.
(a) Feeling.
(b) Commitment.
(c) Power.
(d) Truth.

3. What imagery does Audre Lorde question in Mary Daly's book as she perceives it to be filled with white examples?
(a) Relationship.
(b) Goddess.
(c) Love.
(d) Erotic.

4. Audre Lorde decided to publish the open letter to Mary Daly after sending it to her and receiving ______________.
(a) No reply.
(b) The letter back, unread.
(c) The book rewritten.
(d) An angry reply.

5. Poetry is the essence of _______________, according to the feelings of Audre Lorde.
(a) Power.
(b) Maidenhood.
(c) Womanhood.
(d) Struggles.

Short Answer Questions

1. American society, according to Audre Lorde, defines human __________ in a limited way, without concern for the emotions.

2. Poetry is equivalent to _________ rather than to thinking, according to Audre Lorde, and is more essential than thesis-based writing.

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

4. Women are frequently taught that the erotic is only of use within the realm of __________.

5. Horizontal ______ can be a useful tool for those who wish to oppress a given group, according to Audre Lorde.

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some of the physical observations that Audre Lorde makes about the city of Moscow?

2. What are the four forms of human blindness, according to Audre Lorde 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 state of Uzbekistan's official position, with which Audre Lorde credits the area for its tolerance?

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

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

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

8. What does Audre Lorde believe is missing from Mary Daly's work and she begins to point this out in the letter?

9. Why does Audre Lorde include the example of Patricia Cowan's murder in her essay response?

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

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