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

2. Who wrote "It's In My Blood, My Face- My mother's Voice, The Way I Sweat"?

3. According to Audre Lorde, what must exist for liberation to exist?

4. "We are women from all kinds of ____________________ streets." This statement is taken from Moraga's "Introduction and Children Passing in the Streets: The Roots of Our Radicalism."

5. What does Chrystos declare that she is afraid of in "I Don't Understand Those Who Have Turned Away From Me"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. In the introduction, Moraga defined the different sections of the book. What are they?

5. What questions did Anita Valerio discuss regarding the holy woman?

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

7. According to Anita Valerio, how is the Okan described?

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

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

10. Why did the woman in Lee's "on not bein" marry the first man who proposed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Lesbianism within the women's movement seems to create problems, according to many of the lesbian authors. How do they describe the difficulty of being a lesbian within the women's movement? Why do some of the authors claim that being a lesbian within the movement creates problems of its own?

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

Gloria Anzaldua states "The basic problem that we have had was believing somebody else's story about us." How does this explain the problems associated within the women's movement, according to the authors? What does this statement say about all races? Is there a common solution that the authors come to in regard to eliminating the problems associated with "somebody else's story"?

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