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. Between what two things does Chrystos believe that women of color must make a choice?

2. Who wrote "La Guera"?

3. According to Chrystos, what is no longer considered a tool that can eliminate racism?

4. What does the narrator say she is in "I Am What I Am"?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How do the poems "When I Was Growing Up" and "on not being" differ by point-of-view?

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

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

4. How did Mitsuye Yamada say that Asian Pacific American women could make themselves more visible?

5. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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