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 Gabrielle Daniels claim is the only thing for which Millicent would rise?

2. According to Doris Davenport, what is wrong with the word "racism"?

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

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

5. Who wrote "I Am What I Am"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Mirtha Quintanales stated that all humans had/have needs that must be met. What, according to Quintanales, are the circumstances under which these needs are to be met?

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

3. 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?

4. Who lives in the marrow of the narrator in "I Walk in the History of My People"?

5. What did Michelle Wallace, as noted by the Combahee River Colective, state about the struggle to change the Black woman's condition?

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

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

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

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

10. Describe the "smart-ugly" crystallization as described by the Combahee River Collective.

Essay 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

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

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?

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