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. According to "Speaking in Tongues: A Letter to 3rd World Women Writers," what do "white eyes" not bother to learn?

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

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

4. How many months did it take for Hattie Gossett to edit her book "my soul looks back in wonder/wild wimmin don't get no blues" written?

5. Why does Nellie Wong claim that "you" (a writer/her) will not stop working and writing?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Gloria Anzaldua write?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The book "This Bridge Called My Back" takes into consideration many different view points on the problems associated with the women's movement. Discuss in detail the variety of viewpoints notated in the book. What "label" does the author fit into? What does the author state as the problems in the movement? How does she detail the ways for the problems to be fixed?

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

Many of the authors state the importance of writing in the movement. What does the author state as the importance of writing? What does writing do for these authors? What purpose does writing serve in the women's movement?

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