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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 kind of religion is the protagonist brought up in?

2. What is Audre afraid is wrong with her after she finds help with her pregnancy?

3. What month does Gennie come to Audre's house very upset?

4. What is the name of the lecherous man who Audre talks about who works at her school in Chapter 8?

5. How does Audre feel when she loses the position that she ran for in middle school?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Audre's relationship with Peter described in the book?

2. Why does Audre express frustration regarding white feminists in Chapter 23?

3. How does Audre describe Stamford, Connecticut when she first moves there?

4. How does Audre react to her new scenery after moving to Mexico?

5. How does Audre describe her treatment in society as a black woman in comparison with her white lesbian friends?

6. How does Audre initially react to the tragedy of Pearl Harbor?

7. How does Audre describe her first menstruation in the book?

8. What is the nature of the piece of writing of Muriel's that Audre finds in Chapter 28?

9. How is Audre's relationship with Eudora first described in the book?

10. How is Audre's near-rape described in Chapter 23?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Audre's feminist efforts with those made by white feminists years later. What reasons does Audre have for criticizing these women who seem to be fighting for the same things she was?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the concept of work presented in the book. What opportunities did work present to Audre that she was not finding in school and what life lessons was she able to learn from her work experiences?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Audre's first lesbian relationship with Gennie to her most serious lesbian relationship with Muriel. What can we learn about the evolution of Audre's sexuality based on the comparison of her relationship with these two women?

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