This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color Test | Final Test - Medium

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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. According to Gloria Anzaldua, fears act like __________.
(a) Crushing blows from an enemy.
(b) Polar opposites.
(c) Waves on the ocean.
(d) Magnets.

2. "There is no __________________ in poverty." (Gloria Anzaldua)
(a) Honor.
(b) Beauty.
(c) Trust.
(d) Love.

3. What does the "whirring voice" in Rosario Morales' voice inside her head tell her?
(a) "You don't belong."
(b) "Stop. This is not your fight alone."
(c) "The change is comming."
(d) "You will do great things."

4. What does Cherrie Moraga claim that she is NOT in the poem "The Welder"?
(a) A miracle worker.
(b) An alchemist.
(c) A forgiver.
(d) A doctor.

5. What was one of the major issues that the Combahee River Collective began to address publicly?
(a) Racism in the women's movement.
(b) Racism in the white woman's movement.
(c) The power of the white man in America.
(d) The lack of power for women in America.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Chrystos pass around the circle in her poem "Ceremony for Completing a Poetry Reading"?

2. Who wrote the following: "I do not believe/our wants have made all our lies/holy"?

3. "Your skin must be sensitive for the lightest _____________ and thick enough to ward off the ___________________." ("Speaking in Tongues: A Letter to 3rd World Women Writers")

4. According to Mirtha Quintanales, what is racism?

5. What is the rape of Black women by white men considered by the Combahee River Collective?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did Cherrie Moraga describe the similarities and differences between Third World women writers?

3. Why did the Combahee River Collective believe that they needed a collection of Black feminist writing?

4. 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?

5. What comparison did Cheryl Clarke make between lesbians and black women?

6. What does Gloria Anzaldua state is the reason that one resists the act of writing?

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

8. Describe the "smart-ugly" crystallization as described by the Combahee River Collective.

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

10. 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?

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