Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches 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. Instead of World War II, what do the Russians call this war, according to the findings of Audre Lorde?

2. To what city does Audre Lorde compare the atmosphere and the weather of Moscow?

3. Who does Audre Lorde feel was left out of the book which Mary Daly has written?

4. The title of the article to which Audre Lorde decides to respond is, "The Myth of ___________: A Response to Angry Black Feminists."

5. In dreams that Audre Lorde has after her trip to Russia, she begins to believe that Russia became a mythic representation of that ___________ does not yet exist anywhere she has been.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Where did Audre Lorde give the speech "The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action"?

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

4. To what does Audre Lorde attribute the intense distrust between black women in her society?

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

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

7. What does Audre Lorde say that Mary Daly used the poem on genital mutilation to do within her book?

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

9. How does Audre Lorde define the idea of women-identified women, according to her speech?

10. What leads to better decision making, in Audre Lorde's opinion, which becomes a source of power?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Lorde comments that there are no new ideas waiting for humans to try them out, only old and tired ideas waiting to be explored.

Part 1: Do you believe that the world is out of new ideas? Will the world ever run out of ideas?

Part 2: What is the value of exploring old ideas in the modern times?

Part 3: Why do you think that Lorde believes that there are only old ideas right now?

Essay Topic 2

Anger is the primary response that Lorde has in response to racism, she admits.

Part 1: Why do you think that anger is the main response that Lorde has to the impact of racism?

Part 2: Do you think that anger can be a positive emotional response?

Part 3: How do you think you might respond if you were constantly put down and told that you weren't as good a person as anyone else?

Essay Topic 3

Lorde says that one oppression does not justify the other, even though she feels society is saying this.

Part 1: How does oppression impact the way a society works?

Part 2: Do you think that oppression is rampant in society today?

Part 3: Why do you think that oppression is a concern for Lorde during the time of her writing?

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