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 kind of unique consciousness does Audre attribute for her ability to be a focused writer?

2. What does Audre begin doing to her first playmate that she seems to enjoy?

3. What does Audre have a deep need for even as a young child?

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

5. What month does Gennie come to Audre's house very upset?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Audre describe her time spent working with her father in Chapter 9?

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

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

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

5. How does Audre describe her introduction to cooking in the book?

6. How are Audre's actions to be prepared after Pearl Harbor described in the book?

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

8. How does Audre learn to read before going to school?

9. Why is Audre jealous of her older sisters while growing up?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the portrayal of education in the book and the impact it had on Audre's life. How did Audre's views towards education evolve throughout the book and what outside influences were responsible for this path?

Essay Topic 3

The theme of lesbianism is an important one in the book and helps define the protagonist more clearly.

1) What impact does Audre's poetry writing have on her ability to be open about her lesbianism for the first time, especially considering her relations with The Branded at the time?

2) What is telling of the evolution of Audre's lesbianism based on her relationships with Gennie and Muriel?

3) What role does Audre play in the New York lesbian scene and what does this community mean to her?

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