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 word did Gloria and Merlin wish to define for themselves, based upon their choice to leave a national feminist writers movement?

2. Who wrote "When I Was Growing Up"?

3. Why does Rosario Morales carry a "pole 18 inches long"?

4. From where did the quote at the beginning of "on not bein" come from?

5. What does "la guera" mean?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Rosario Morales say that she is in "I am What I Am"?

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

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

8. What did Cherrie Moraga ask Aurora Levins Morales to write about, and what did Morales choose to write about?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Time and time again, fear is a main theme by many of the authors. Discuss fear as a consistent problem associated with the women's movement. Detail different authors' perspectives on the problems associated with the existence of fear within the women's movement.

Essay Topic 2

There are many different references to "Left-Handed" and "Right-Handed" worlds. What is meant by both of these titles? How do different authors describe the meaning of "left-handed" and "right-handed" worlds? Why are these terms used as designations at all? What is the relevance?

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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