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 relationships are important to Gloria Anzaldua?

2. According to the introduction of "El Mundo Zurdo: The Vision", what can women use as a source of power-if they use it?

3. What is no black person in this country surprised about? (Smith/Smith dialogue)

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

5. What was one of the major issues that the Combahee River Collective began to address publicly?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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"?

3. What did Michelle Wallace, as noted by the Combahee River Colective, state about the struggle to change the Black woman's condition?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Lesbianism within the women's movement seems to create problems, according to many of the lesbian authors. How do they describe the difficulty of being a lesbian within the women's movement? Why do some of the authors claim that being a lesbian within the movement creates problems of its own?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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