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. How does Audre not that people behave after the tragedy in Chapter 7?

2. Whom does Audre's mother believe is molesting Gennie?

3. Whom does Audre share a bed with growing up?

4. What is the name the author and her family are called due to their light black skin?

5. How many sisters does Audre have?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How is the meaning of Zami first described in the book?

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

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

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

8. How does Audre describe her view of her mother when she was a young child in Harlem?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the nature of the book's title as well as the portrayal of the Carriacou culture overall. What importance did the search for Zami have in Audre's life, did she try to create this act on her own after being unable to find it organically?

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 author makes an interesting choice in the book by highlighting many true historical events throughout the text and offers her own opinions and reactions to them.

1) Why does the author often combine her own personal experiences alongside historical events such as Pearl Harbor?

2) What can we learn about the importance that political freedom has for the author based on her portrayal of McCarthyism in the book?

3) What can we learn about Audre's political and social beliefs based on her support of the Rosenbergs while they are on trial, especially given the ways she is able to identify with them?

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