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 happened to the narrator in the poem "For the Color of My Mother" when she was two?

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

3. In "Wonder Woman," what does the narrator wonder about the women whom she stares at?

4. What culture does Judit Moschkovich align with Latin culture?

5. In what month in 1979, did Gloria attend a women's retreat in California?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. According to Anita Valerio, how is the Okan described?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Some of the writings showed very personal reflections on the women's movement and the author's submersion in the movement. Other writings depicted a very sterile and emotionless presentation of the women's movement. Discuss the difference between the two very different stands on the problems associated with the women's movement. Which writings seemed to "better" present the problems associated with the women's movement? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Many times throughout the book, internal struggles are blamed for the external problems associated with the women's movement. What purpose does the internal dissection of one's self serve in the women's movement, according to the authors that chose to identify this as a problem? Based on your reading, why do you believe that some authors chose to address this problem, and some did not?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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