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. On what night is Nellie Wong writing a letter to herself?

2. What does Cherrie Moraga claim that she is NOT in the poem "The Welder"?

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

4. What does Cherrie Moraga claim is possible in the poem "The Welder"?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why did Barbara Smith claim that "virtually no Black person in this country surprised about oppression"?

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

6. What "click" did Beverly Smith claim still existed in the women's movement?

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

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

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Using the writings of Cherrie Moraga, describe and define the different types of lesbianism. Be sure to address their similarities and their differences.

Essay Topic 2

White women are detailed, in many of the writings, as being a large part of the oppression within the women's movement. What problems, according to the writers, do white women make for women of color in the movement? How do the writers support their statements against white women in the movement? Why do these problems seem ironic for the movement?

Essay Topic 3

There are many different references to "Left-Handed" and "Right-Handed" worlds. What is meant by both of these titles? How do different authors describe the meaning of "left-handed" and "right-handed" worlds? Why are these terms used as designations at all? What is the relevance?

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