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 metaphor does Gloria Anzaldua use to compare writing to?

2. According to Barbara Noda, what sang out to her in "Lowriding Through the Women's Movement"?

3. What does Gloria Anzaldua say women of color cannot allow?

4. When was the first piece of Hattie Gossett's book "my soul looks back in wonder/wild wimmin don't get no blues" written?

5. What is one of Gloria Anzaldua's biggest fears?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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?

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

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

"A woman with power is feared."-Cherrie Moraga. Do you believe that this statement is true? Why/Why not? How do some of authors support this statement? Do any of the authors negate this statement? Why/Why not?

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