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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 color coat does Audre's first playmate wear?

2. What does Audre believe led to her becoming a writer?

3. What is the name of the high school Audre attends?

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

5. How does Audre's mother react when she finds she is complaining about her at her high school?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the New York lesbian scene described in Chapter 29?

2. How does Audre begin a relationship with a woman named Kitty?

3. How is Audre's mental state described after she moves to Stamford?

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

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

6. What happens to Muriel to cause her split with Audre in the book?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Examine the portrayal of women in the book. What lessons of empowerment is the author offering to women in this book? What does she hope for others to learn from this book regarding the diverse nature of women?

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