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

2. Gloria Anzaldua claims ___________split her.

3. How many months did it take for Hattie Gossett to edit her book "my soul looks back in wonder/wild wimmin don't get no blues" written?

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

5. Barbara Smith says there is no such thing as ___________________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

6. 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"?

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

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

9. How did Cherrie Moraga describe the similarities and differences between Third World women writers?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

White women are detailed, in many of the writings, as being a large part of the oppression within the women's movement. What problems, according to the writers, do white women make for women of color in the movement? How do the writers support their statements against white women in the movement? Why do these problems seem ironic for the movement?

Essay Topic 2

"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 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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