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

2. Who wrote "Dreams of Violence"?

3. According to Doris Davenport, what is the cause of racism in white feminists?

4. What did the author of "When I Was Growing Up" long to be?

5. According to the introduction, for whom do Third World women put themselves on the line for?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In the poem "When I was Growing Up," what was life like for Nellie Wong?

4. 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?

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

6. What did Judit Maschkovich define as American and Latin culture?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"A woman with power is feared."-Cherrie Moraga. Do you believe that this statement is true? Why/Why not? How do some of authors support this statement? Do any of the authors negate this statement? Why/Why not?

Essay Topic 2

Many of the authors claim that they had to make personal changes to feel like they were part of the women's movement, while others stated that not changing was the answer. Discuss the different stands that the authors make in regard to personal change within the women's movement. When is change necessary? When is change not necessary? Why?

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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