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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. The dismissal of the black feminist point of view leads Audre Lorde to threaten _________ between or or separation.

2. __________ allows injustices to go unheard and fears to remain powerful, according to Audre Lorde in her talk.

3. Within the _________ community, according to Audre Lorde, members have learned to distrust each other.

4. Who is the author of the essay to which Audre Lorde decides to respond, as it was published in the same journal earlier in the year?

5. Expression through poetry leads to new ideas that are more easily formed on the ___________ level of poems.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What happens to hopes and to dreams when they are put into language in poetry, according to Audre Lorde?

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

7. Why did Audre Lorde make the trip to Russia as she describes it at the start of the book?

8. What does Audre Lorde suggest that Mary Daly has completely dismissed in her book when she reviews it?

9. What is the state of Uzbekistan's official position, with which Audre Lorde credits the area for its tolerance?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Lorde discusses the idea that she feels trivialized by the white community, though she wants to work with it.

Part 1: Do you think the Lorde is actually being trivialized by the white community? Is it in her head?

Part 2: Why do you think it's important for different communities to band together?

Part 3: How do you think that the white community pushes other communities down?

Essay Topic 2

Audre Lorde defines four words which signal the human blindness she sees. They are racism, sexism, heterosexism, and homophobia.

Part 1: Do you think that Lorde is missing any other forms of human blindness?

Part 2: How do you think your life is affected by these forms of human blindness?

Part 3: Why do you think the Lorde singles out these forms of blindness? What blindness might she be showing in the list she has created?

Essay Topic 3

The word 'erotic' brings up a lot of different ideas for those who hear it or who read it.

Part 1: Why do you think that 'erotic' is such an energetically charged word?

Part 2: How do you think the word 'erotic' has been misused in society and in the world?

Part 3: Do you believe that something can be erotic without being sexual in nature?

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