This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color Test | Mid-Book 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. Who is quoted at the beginning of "Children Passing in the Streets" as saying, "I learned to make my mind large, as the universe is large, so that there is room for paradoxes"?

2. Who provided the scholarship for Gloria to attend the workshop on goddesses and heroines?

3. According to the introduction of "And When you Leave, Take Your Pictures with You: Racism in the Women's Movement," women of color are veterans of____________.

4. Why was the author of "La Guera" pulled out of school at the ages of five, seven, nine, and eleven?

5. "For it is only under a patriarchal structure that _____________ is the only social power open to women," according to Audra Lorde.

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Cherrie Moraga state that she learned when she attended a concert where Ntosake Shange was reading?

2. What did Doris Davenport describe as Black "wimmin's "aversion to white "wimmin"?

3. What is the meaning behind "Wonder Woman"?

4. What does the first section of the book speak about?

5. Why did Doris Davenport state that racist white feminists were powerless, spineless, and invisible?

6. According to Emma Goldman from Cherrie Moraga's "La Guera," how must one gain a philosophy from any event?

7. What did Cherrie Moraga state as the driving force behind compiling the book "This Bridge Called My Back"?

8. What is Barbara Smith's "inherent definition of feminism"? (According to the introduction of "An d When You Leave, Take Your Pictures With You")

9. Why did Audre Lorde decide never to talk to white women about racism?

10. How did Mitsuye Yamada say that Asian Pacific American women could make themselves more visible?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many times throughout the book, internal struggles are blamed for the external problems associated with the women's movement. What purpose does the internal dissection of one's self serve in the women's movement, according to the authors that chose to identify this as a problem? Based on your reading, why do you believe that some authors chose to address this problem, and some did not?

Essay Topic 2

Many of the authors reference other authors that have contributed to the collaboration of "This Bridge Called My Back." Why do you think that this is the case? What do you believe is positive about referencing a co-writer? What do you believe is negative about referencing a co-writer?

Essay Topic 3

White women are detailed, in many of the writings, as being a large part of the oppression within the women's movement. What problems, according to the writers, do white women make for women of color in the movement? How do the writers support their statements against white women in the movement? Why do these problems seem ironic for the movement?

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