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. What subjects did Audre learn well in elementary school that help her in her next school?

2. What city does Audre describe the layout of in Chapter 6?

3. What is the name of the librarian who helps the protagonist learn to read?

4. What does Audre do to her first boyfriend when she begins college?

5. How does working with her father make Audre feel?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How is Audre's poetry writing described when she first joins The Branded?

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

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

6. How is Gennie's death described in the book?

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

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

9. How does Audre initially react to the tragedy of Pearl Harbor?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Audre's time spent with "The Branded" versus the "Sistah Outsiders". Which group allowed Audre to grow more as a person? What impact did Audre's being a part of these groups have on her actions in the book?

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

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?

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