Zami, a New Spelling of My Name Test | Mid-Book 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. Who is against Audre running for office in her middle school?

2. What profession are Audre's friends Jean and Gennie in the book?

3. What hobby does Audre begin doing after joining her group of outcast friends in high school?

4. How long does Audre say her first encounter with her first playmate lasted?

5. What kitchen tool to use of her mother's does Audre love?

Short Essay Questions

1. What role does Audre's love for making up stories have in her becoming a writer?

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

3. How does the author describe her parents' relationship for the first time in the book?

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

5. How is Audre's first experience with segregation described in the book?

6. How does Audre describe her introduction to cooking in the book?

7. What does Audre do after being molested by a comic book storeowner?

8. How does Audre describe being raped on a rooftop when she was 10-years-old?

9. How does Audre describe sharing a bed with her older sisters as a young girl?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The mother-daughter relationship is something that helps carry the story from beginning to end and has perhaps the biggest impact on the author's life.

1) What can we learn about the impact Audre's relationship with her mother had based on her portrayal of her childhood experiences with her mother?

2) What circumstances led to Audre's estrangement from her mother as she grew older? What might the author wish for this progression to represent in terms of character development?

3) What deductions can be made about the author's final opinions of the mother-daughter relationship based on her belief that her desires to be with women came from her mother's blood?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the portrayal of education in the book and the impact it had on Audre's life. How did Audre's views towards education evolve throughout the book and what outside influences were responsible for this path?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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