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. What does the author want to make changes in, according to "Invisibility is an Unnatural Disaster: Reflections of an Asian American Woman"?

2. According to a reference to another author in "La Guera," where must one look to find the dream?

3. 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"?

4. What does the narrator in "Wonder Woman" wonder about the professor's wife?

5. Who wrote out the checks for the author's mother when she was at the grocery store? ("La Guera")

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Nellie Wong state that she will not stop working and writing? ("In Search of the Self As Hero: Confetti of Voices on New Year's Night")

2. Why did Luisah Teish claim that men always put down herbal remedies? (From her interview with Gloria Anzaldua.)

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

4. What did Aurora Levins Morales decide was the issue that she had with Piri Thomas' book "Down These Mean Streets"?

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

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

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

8. What is the common theme that all of the writings from the section titled "Introduction and Children Passing in the Streets: The Roots of Our Radicalism" have in common?

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

10. What did the concrete objects in the poem "Ceremony for Completing a Poetry Reading" represent in reality?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss your personal feelings on the writings in the book. Take into consideration your own racial history. How do you feel about what was stated in the book? If you have negative feelings about specific statements, why do you feel that way? Do you find yourself strongly agreeing with/ or disagreeing with any of the statements? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Alchemy is discussed many times by many different authors in the book. Why does this word seem to be important for some of the authors, while others disregard it? How does the term create a positive image in some writings and a negative image in others? How does this word imitate the problems detailed in the book by the different authors?

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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