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. One of the main problems Audre Lorde saw during the 1960s was a perceived need for __________ in the movement.

2. Audre Lorde feels that when she does have anger, it is most easily expressed toward _______________.

3. Who in Audre Lorde's life used to make up words when they could not come up with the word they needed?

4. The _________ of ideas in the movement of the 1960s is one of the lessons which Audre Lorde says must be learned.

5. Where was Audre Lorde when she had the intense experience with the beauty of the land at the age of nineteen?

Short Essay Questions

1. What happens, according to Audre Lorde, when it comes to the differences between people?

2. For what book was the conversation between Audre Lorde and Adrienne Rich written out for?

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

4. What did Audre Lorde's mother used to do when she could not find a word for the meaning that she wanted to convey?

5. What is the unique set of challenges Audre Lorde feels she faces as a black feminist raising a son?

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

7. What does Audre Lorde feel that Malcolm X began to grasp in terms of the lingering effects of oppression?

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

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

10. What does society seem to say about the oppressed person and what they have to do in society, according to Audre Lorde?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Lorde defines poetry as something which is vital and necessary to the human condition.

Part 1: Do you agree that poetry is vital and essential to the human condition?

Part 2: Why do you think Lorde feels women will benefit most from poetry?

Part 3: What are your initial reactions to reading and to writing poetry?

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

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?

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