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 does Nellie Wong bring up Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton?

2. How long did it take for Gloria Anzaldua to believe that white is not better than brown?

3. What humorous answer does Barbara Smith give to the following question that her sister poses to her: "Is there any oppression that women experience that is that total, in other words literally affects their physical well-being on a day to day basis?

4. What is the rape of Black women by white men considered by the Combahee River Collective?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did the Combahee River Collective believe that they needed a collection of Black feminist writing?

2. 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")

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

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

6. According to Gloria Anzaldua, what were the problems associated with power in her essay "La Prieta"?

7. What happened to Gloria Anzaldua when she began to write the essay "La Prieta"?

8. Describe the "smart-ugly" crystallization as described by the Combahee River Collective.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"A woman with power is feared."-Cherrie Moraga. Do you believe that this statement is true? Why/Why not? How do some of authors support this statement? Do any of the authors negate this statement? Why/Why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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