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 Nellie Wong, if one sings about woe too often the person is accused of ___________.

2. What does the "whirring voice" in Rosario Morales' voice inside her head tell her?

3. According to "Lesbianism: An Act of Resistance," in the Black world, who are the two free people in the United States?

4. Merle Woo claims that being a Chinese man in America makes the man a victim of _______________.

5. Who wrote the poem "I speak in an illusion"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What comparison did Cheryl Clarke make between lesbians and black women?

3. 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?

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

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

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 Luisah Teish claim that men always put down herbal remedies? (From her interview with Gloria Anzaldua.)

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

10. Why did Gloria Anzaldua claim that lesbians of color were invisible?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many of the writers detail specific things that a woman of color must do to help the women's movement become just that-a women's movement. They state that there are too many issues within the movement to move forward and make a real change happen. Discuss the different points that the authors make in regard to an individual's responsibility in the movement for it too succeed.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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