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. Why can't Gloria Anzaldua sleep at night?

2. "Even though we go hungry we are not impoverished of ________________." ("Speaking in Tongues: A Letter to 3rd World Women Writers")

3. What essay of Cherrie Moraga's does Naomi Littlebear refer to by referencing a six-pack of beer?

4. Gloria Anzaldua claims that women of color need to stop being compared to __________.

5. What story is the monkey from that Gloria Anzaldua referenced in "La Prieta"?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. Why did Cherrie Moraga, in the poem "The Welder," state that she was a welder and not an alchemist?

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

5. Why did the Combahee River Collective state that they were socialists?

6. Why does Gloria Anzaldua write?

7. Why did/does Barbara Smith believe that the white power structure did a good job on keeping women from bonding across racial lines?

8. Why did Cheryl Clarke state that being a lesbian is a dangerous act of rebellion?

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

10. What did Michelle Wallace, as noted by the Combahee River Colective, state about the struggle to change the Black woman's condition?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Gloria Anzaldua states "The basic problem that we have had was believing somebody else's story about us." How does this explain the problems associated within the women's movement, according to the authors? What does this statement say about all races? Is there a common solution that the authors come to in regard to eliminating the problems associated with "somebody else's story"?

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

Many of the authors claim that they had to make personal changes to feel like they were part of the women's movement, while others stated that not changing was the answer. Discuss the different stands that the authors make in regard to personal change within the women's movement. When is change necessary? When is change not necessary? Why?

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