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. In the poem "on not bein," what is the subject's chest compared to?

2. According to Cherrie Moraga, what does lesbianism equal in "this country"?

3. Who wrote "on not bein"?

4. What did the subject in the poem, "on not bein," not ever want to be?

5. According to the author of "Invisibility is an Unnatural Disaster: Reflections of an Asian American Woman," what do "we" do when we put "acts of God" on an equal playing field with man?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What did Aurora Levins Morales' friend Ceci say must change for things to be different so the daughters of Latinos could be free?

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

4. What happened to Naomi Littlebear when she ran home after being attacked as a little girl?

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

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

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

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

10. What does the first section of the book speak about?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why do you feel the the book was titled "This Bridge Called My Back"? What imagery does this title set up for the book? Is it a negative or positive understanding? Why?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Many of the writers detail specific things that a woman of color must do to help the women's movement become just that-a women's movement. They state that there are too many issues within the movement to move forward and make a real change happen. Discuss the different points that the authors make in regard to an individual's responsibility in the movement for it too succeed.

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