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. What does Gloria Anzaldua say that women have to lose?

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

3. What does Chrystos use to "mark out the space I am"?

4. In her letter to Barbara Smith, Mirtha Quintanales tells Smith about ___________.

5. According to Mirtha Quintanales, what is racism?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Gloria Anzaldua describe herself as "Shiva"?

2. According to Cherrie Moraga's introduction to the section "Speaking in Tongues: The Third World Woman Writer," what did first generation third world writers defy?

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

4. 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"?

5. Why did Barbara Smith claim that "virtually no Black person in this country ...is surprised about oppression"?

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

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 Hattie Gossett believe that it would be difficult to get her book out?

9. How did Cheryl Clarke wrap up her essay "Lesbianism: An Act of Resistance"?

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

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

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 3

Do you believe that any "voice"was left out of the book? What voice do you believe was omitted from the view points? Why do you believe this voice was omitted from the book? Why do you believe that this voice would have added to the tone of the theme?

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