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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 is the name of the island filled with women that the author focuses on in Chapter 1?

2. Who has to take Audre on her class trip after she is made to stay in a different hotel from the other kids'?

3. What political stance does Audre begin conforming to in Chapter 13?

4. How old is Audre when she is raped on a rooftop?

5. What is the name that expresses how Carriacou women love one another in the book?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How is the beginning of Audre's desire for female companionship described in the book?

10. How does Audre react to Gennie's death in the book?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the portrayal of Audre's coming of age in the book. What impact did Audre's near blindness at birth and relationship with her mother have on her sexual coming of age in the book, and why is this significant?

Essay Topic 2

The concept of heritage is something brought up in several capacities throughout the book.

1) How is the Grenadian heritage, namely the Carriacou culture examined in the book and what impact does it have on the author?

2) What lessons does Audre learn about the importance of heritage from her relationship with Eudora while in Mexico?

3) How does Audre reflect upon her own heritage in the book and how does she define it?

Essay Topic 3

Examine the importance that poetry and storytelling have in the book. How does the author use these devices as an outlet to express her own frustrations and desires about her social surroundings and humanity in general?

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