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. In the poem "on not bein," what is the subject's chest compared to?

2. According to the introduction to the first section of the book, what will readers find voices from?

3. According to the footnotes for Jo Carrillo's poem "Beyond the Cliffs of Abiquiu," to what land is the poem dedicated?

4. What author did the narrator from "I Am What I Am" read "thru three or four times"?

5. In "Dreams of Violence," who is lying beside the narrator in bed?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Gloria Anzaldua, what were the problems associated with power in her essay "La Prieta"?

2. 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?

3. Why does Gloria Anzaldua write?

4. Name three of the problems that Doris Davenport named as part of the problem within the feminist movement?

5. According to Audre Lorde, what was the diversion task of black and third world women?

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

7. When did Mitsuye Yamada say that Asian Pacific American women would speak out?

8. 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")

9. What were Cherrie Moraga's and Gloria Anzaldua's hopes for the book?

10. What are three of the ironic questionings that Lim makes regarding women in her poem "Wonder Woman"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

While the initial reasoning behind the women's movement were based upon problems associated with the power that men had over women, it does not seem to be limited to that singular problem any longer. What specific issues are discussed as being part of the reasoning behind the problems that the women's movement continues to face? Whom else do the authors blame for the problems that the women's movement faced/faces? Are these problems relevant, based upon the readings? Why/Why not?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Metaphors in many of the writings showed a comparison of ideals and objects that painted a very vibrant, and sometimes disturbing, picture. Choose three to five metaphors and discuss the importance of the metaphor, the point the metaphor was making, and the use of the comparison in making the point the author wanted to make. Did the use of the metaphor work? Why/Why not?

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