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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What drives Barbara Smith crazy, according to the "Sister-to-Sister Dialogue"?
(a) Life not being fair.
(b) Women being taken for granted.
(c) White women choosing not to finish school.
(d) Black women taking steretypical jobs.

2. Combahee River Collective defined the American political system as________________.
(a) A collaborative of all Americans as rulemakers.
(b) White (male and female) rulemakers.
(c) Male dominated rulemakers.
(d) White male rule.

3. According to the introduction of "El Mundo Zurdo: The Vision", what can women use as a source of power-if they use it?
(a) Inner strength.
(b) Vulnerability.
(c) The pain of the past.
(d) The promise of the future.

4. Why does Nellie Wong bring up Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton?
(a) They are black.
(b) They killed themselves.
(c) They endorsed her writings.
(d) They spoke about the women's movement.

5. What is one of Gloria Anzaldua's biggest fears?
(a) Sending out the wrong message to young women.
(b) Failing as a writer.
(c) Failing her mother.
(d) Betraying herself.

Short Answer Questions

1. What relationships are important to Gloria Anzaldua?

2. What is a "gorra"?

3. What kind of crisis does Hattie Gossett claim there is at the time of her book's release?

4. What humorous answer does Barbara Smith give to the following question that her sister poses to her: "Is there any oppression that women experience that is that total, in other words literally affects their physical well-being on a day to day basis?

5. According to "Lesbianism: An Act of Resistance," in the Black world, who are the two free people in the United States?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Gloria Anzaldua claim that lesbians of color were invisible?

2. Why did/does Barbara Smith believe that the white power structure did a good job on keeping women from bonding across racial lines?

3. Mirtha Quintanales stated that all humans had/have needs that must be met. What, according to Quintanales, are the circumstances under which these needs are to be met?

4. How did Cheryl Clarke wrap up her essay "Lesbianism: An Act of Resistance"?

5. According to Cherrie Moraga's introduction to the section "Speaking in Tongues: The Third World Woman Writer," what did first generation third world writers defy?

6. Why does Gloria Anzaldua write?

7. How did Gloria Anzaldua describe herself as "Shiva"?

8. Why did the poem "I sing to myself", as used by Norma Alarcon in "Chicana's Feminist Literature: A Re-Vision Through Malintzin," represent a key example for her problem with the parent-child relationship?

9. Why did Barbara Smith claim that "virtually no Black person in this country ...is surprised about oppression"?

10. Why did Cheryl Clarke state that being a lesbian is a dangerous act of rebellion?

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