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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 office does Audre run for in her middle school?
2. What kind of unique consciousness does Audre attribute for her ability to be a focused writer?
3. Who comes to visit Audre's house just after Gennie's death?
4. What is the name of the librarian who helps the protagonist learn to read?
5. Where does Audre visit with her class in Chapter 10?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Audre describe Stamford, Connecticut when she first moves there?
2. What does Audre do after finding out her father had a stroke?
3. How is Audre's involvement in the Committee to Free the Rosenbergs described?
4. How are the "closed-shop" laws described in the book?
5. How are the Carriacou women first described in the book?
6. How is Audre's abortion described in the book?
7. How does Audre react to her new scenery after moving to Mexico?
8. How is Audre's near-rape described in Chapter 23?
9. What role does Audre's love for making up stories have in her becoming a writer?
10. What happens to Muriel to cause her split with Audre in the book?
Essay Topic 1
The subject of race is one seen on many different levels throughout the author's life.
1) How is Audre's view of race first discovered and what impact does her experiences with segregation as a child appear to have on her views of race later in life?
2) How is race categorized differently in Harlem as opposed to other parts of the U.S. and what traits are present there to make it so unique?
3) What role does Audre's race play in defining her own character and her actions in life?
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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