This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color Test | Final 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 Mirtha Quintanales, what is racism?

2. According to "Speaking in Tongues: A Letter to 3rd World Women Writers," what do "white eyes" not bother to learn?

3. What is the NBFO?

4. According to Barbara Smith, what book did African American students have a hard time believing was about "white people"?

5. From what does writing save Gloria Anzaldua?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Barbara Smith claim about many lesbians being separatists?

2. What drove Barbara Smith crazy regarding the arrogance of some white women? (Across the Kitchen Table")

3. What "click" did Beverly Smith claim still existed in the women's movement?

4. Why did the poem "I sing to myself", as used by Norma Alarcon in "Chicana's Feminist Literature: A Re-Vision Through Malintzin," represent a key example for her problem with the parent-child relationship?

5. Why did Nellie Wong state that she will not stop working and writing? ("In Search of the Self As Hero: Confetti of Voices on New Year's Night")

6. What does Gloria Anzaldua state is the reason that one resists the act of writing?

7. Why did Hattie Gossett believe that it would be difficult to get her book out?

8. What did Gloria Anzaldua's mother want in return for birthing Gloria?

9. According to Gloria Anzaldua, what did she believe that white men expected of Third World women if they wanted to make it in a "right-handed world"?

10. Mirtha Quintanales stated that all humans had/have needs that must be met. What, according to Quintanales, are the circumstances under which these needs are to be met?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There are many different references to "Left-Handed" and "Right-Handed" worlds. What is meant by both of these titles? How do different authors describe the meaning of "left-handed" and "right-handed" worlds? Why are these terms used as designations at all? What is the relevance?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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