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 does being a "Yellow Feminist" mean? (Merle Woo)

2. What relationships are important to Gloria Anzaldua?

3. When did the Combahee River Collective first begin to meet?

4. What did Hattie Gossett claim "is really a drag"?

5. What did Naomi Littlebear say she tried to exorcise?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. According to Cherrie Moraga's introduction to the section "Speaking in Tongues: The Third World Woman Writer," what did first generation third world writers defy?

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 Gloria Anzaldua describe herself as "Shiva"?

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

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

7. 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")

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Many of the authors reference other authors that have contributed to the collaboration of "This Bridge Called My Back." Why do you think that this is the case? What do you believe is positive about referencing a co-writer? What do you believe is negative about referencing a co-writer?

Essay Topic 2

Gloria Anzaldua states "The basic problem that we have had was believing somebody else's story about us." How does this explain the problems associated within the women's movement, according to the authors? What does this statement say about all races? Is there a common solution that the authors come to in regard to eliminating the problems associated with "somebody else's story"?

Essay Topic 3

Many times throughout the book, internal struggles are blamed for the external problems associated with the women's movement. What purpose does the internal dissection of one's self serve in the women's movement, according to the authors that chose to identify this as a problem? Based on your reading, why do you believe that some authors chose to address this problem, and some did not?

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