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. From "Billie lives! Billie lives!," what year has been declared the year of the bird?

2. According to Barbara Smith, what does one woman state as the reason for not watching television?

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

4. What is Gloria Anzaldua's main distraction from writing?

5. What do black women, according to the Combahee River Collective, struggle with black men about?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How did Cheryl Clarke wrap up her essay "Lesbianism: An Act of Resistance"?

6. What drove Barbara Smith crazy regarding the arrogance of some white women? (Across the Kitchen Table")

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

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 2

Alchemy is discussed many times by many different authors in the book. Why does this word seem to be important for some of the authors, while others disregard it? How does the term create a positive image in some writings and a negative image in others? How does this word imitate the problems detailed in the book by the different authors?

Essay Topic 3

While the initial reasoning behind the women's movement were based upon problems associated with the power that men had over women, it does not seem to be limited to that singular problem any longer. What specific issues are discussed as being part of the reasoning behind the problems that the women's movement continues to face? Whom else do the authors blame for the problems that the women's movement faced/faces? Are these problems relevant, based upon the readings? Why/Why not?

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