Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches Test | Final 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. The __________ are easily conquered, according to Audre Lorde as she speaks and as she writers.

2. By recognizing __________, Audre Lorde believes that it is possible to begin to move past them.

3. There is a long history of support and the _________ of power within the black female community, according to Audre Lorde.

4. Audre Lorde believes that in order to stop oppression and prejudice, new __________ must be created.

5. Some white women, according to Audre Lorde, restrict themselves to the __________ community and this angers Lorde.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the piece of advice that Audre Lorde almost gives to her son after a series of bullying?

2. Why might black women might not be able to love each other, according to Audre Lorde?

3. What does Audre Lorde encourage the women in the audience to do at the end of her speech?

4. What are the three terms which Audre Lorde seeks to differentiate within this essay?

5. What does Audre Lorde feel makes guilt useless in society and in the fight for rights, according to this essay?

6. What did Audre Lorde's mother favor in terms of her daughters, treating some daughters better than others, in Lorde's opinion?

7. What does Audre Lorde feel are the two facets of the American system which are seen by most an inevitable, in this essay?

8. What does Audre Lorde believe to be a potentially useful force when it comes to racism and fighting against it?

9. What does Audre Lorde believe needs to happen in order for prejudice and oppression to be transcended?

10. Why does Audre Lorde believe it is important to discuss difference in the lives of women?

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

Lorde's breast tumor surgery causes her to look more closely at herself and her work.

Part 1: Do you think the medical surgeries cause self-reflection?

Part 2: Why do you think the the breast surgery had an impact on Lorde?

Part 3: How do you think you might change if you were to have a difficult or a dangerous surgery?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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