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 kind of crisis does Hattie Gossett claim there is at the time of her book's release?

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

3. What is the brown thigh bone carved with in "Give Me Back"?

4. What relationships are important to Gloria Anzaldua?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Mirtha Quintanales stated that all humans had/have needs that must be met. What, according to Quintanales, are the circumstances under which these needs are to be met?

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

3. 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?

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

5. What did the concrete objects in the poem "Ceremony for Completing a Poetry Reading" represent in reality?

6. What did Beverly Smith claim was the problem with analyzing problems within the women's movement?

7. Why did Hattie Gossett believe that it would be difficult to get her book out?

8. 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"?

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

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

Using the writings of Cherrie Moraga, describe and define the different types of lesbianism. Be sure to address their similarities and their differences.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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