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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 does the man who rapes Audre on a rooftop take from her?

2. How does Audre feel after Gennie dies?

3. What kind of positions does the author begin taking in life starting in Chapter 2?

4. What job does an aptitude test suggest Audre have when she takes it in high school?

5. Where does Audre visit with her class in Chapter 10?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Audre's consciousness of what race means first described in the book?

2. How is the meaning of Zami first described in the book?

3. What does Audre's mother believe is happening to Gennie to cause her to commit suicide?

4. How does a boy named Alvin help Audre succeed in her first grade class?

5. How is Audre's abortion described in the book?

6. How are the Carriacou women first described in the book?

7. How is Audre's work ethic at St. Catherine's described in regards to her schoolwork?

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

9. Why is Audre jealous of her older sisters while growing up?

10. What does Audre do when she plays with a little girl named Toni in the book?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast Audre's reaction to sex with men versus women. What impact might Audre's being raped and molested several times has had on her views towards men? What other factors are present to explain her preference of women in a sexual sense?

Essay Topic 3

Examine the concept of alienation that is portrayed in the book. What impact does Audre's alienation from much of her surroundings have on the way she views the world? Does she appear to have overcome her alienation, at least to some degree, by the end of the book?

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