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

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

3. According to the Combahee River Collective, what did they claim as being recognized as being enough?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does Gloria Anzaldua state is the reason that one resists the act of writing?

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

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

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

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

10. Why does Gloria Anzaldua write?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss your personal feelings on the writings in the book. Take into consideration your own racial history. How do you feel about what was stated in the book? If you have negative feelings about specific statements, why do you feel that way? Do you find yourself strongly agreeing with/ or disagreeing with any of the statements? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Time and time again, fear is a main theme by many of the authors. Discuss fear as a consistent problem associated with the women's movement. Detail different authors' perspectives on the problems associated with the existence of fear within the women's movement.

Essay Topic 3

Metaphors in many of the writings showed a comparison of ideals and objects that painted a very vibrant, and sometimes disturbing, picture. Choose three to five metaphors and discuss the importance of the metaphor, the point the metaphor was making, and the use of the comparison in making the point the author wanted to make. Did the use of the metaphor work? Why/Why not?

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