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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. Audre Lorde sees poetry as the formation of ______________, rather than helping to express what's already there.

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

3. Even if Audre Lorde was punished or misunderstood for _________, she notes that she regrets only those times when she was silent.

4. Black men seem to view black women as threatening if they become __________, according to Audre Lorde.

5. Audre Lorde accuses Daly of simply browsing the works of black women for __________, rather than actually reading them.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The relationship between Lorde and her son is one which makes her think about her influence on him in his life.

Part 1: Do you think it's reasonable to say that Lorde is unable to be a complete parent to her son?

Part 2: Do you think the Lorde's son may not be able to find a good role model in his life?

Part 3: Do you believe a son is going to be less of a man because of having a lesbian mother?

Essay Topic 3

Lorde is one for discussing the differences in the lives of women, no matter what color or sexual preference.

Part 1: Why do you think differences are important to point out in the lives of others?

Part 2: Do you think the focusing on similarities can be powerful as well?

Part 3: How do you think that differences can be used in a discussion about feminism and racism?

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