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. 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?

2. What does the author want to make changes in, according to "Invisibility is an Unnatural Disaster: Reflections of an Asian American Woman"?

3. Where did the narrator of "I Am What I Am" get her English accent from?

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

5. From the poem "And When you Leave, Take Your Pictures with You," what do "white sisters" love to own?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are three of the ironic questionings that Lim makes regarding women in her poem "Wonder Woman"?

2. Why did the woman in Lee's "on not bein" marry the first man who proposed?

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

4. What did Cherrie Moraga state that she learned when she attended a concert where Ntosake Shange was reading?

5. Given that Judit Moschovich did not equate "American" with imperialistic and racist, what did she equate "American" with?

6. What did Cherrie Moraga state as the driving force behind compiling the book "This Bridge Called My Back"?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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 state the importance of writing in the movement. What does the author state as the importance of writing? What does writing do for these authors? What purpose does writing serve in the women's movement?

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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