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. Who provided the scholarship for Gloria to attend the workshop on goddesses and heroines?

2. Who wrote "For the Color of My Mother"?

3. What book did Mary Daly send to Audre Lorde?

4. Who staffs the Buen Muir Indian Trading Post?

5. Who is quoted at the beginning of "Children Passing in the Streets" as saying, "I learned to make my mind large, as the universe is large, so that there is room for paradoxes"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. According to Emma Goldman from Cherrie Moraga's "La Guera," how must one gain a philosophy from any event?

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

9. 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?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

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?

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