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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 is the name of the book's protagonist?

2. What nationality is the woman whom Audre finds to help her with her pregnancy?

3. How many sisters does Audre have?

4. Where does Audre visit with her class in Chapter 10?

5. What do Audre's sisters wait until she goes to sleep to do at night?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Audre's relationship with Peter described in the book?

3. How is Audre's peak in her lesbianism described after she drops out of college?

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

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

6. What does Audre's mother believe is happening to Gennie to cause her to commit suicide?

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

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

9. How is the character Eudora first described in the book?

10. How does the author explain the legend in Carriacou regarding women in the epilogue?

Essay 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

Examine the concept of work presented in the book. What opportunities did work present to Audre that she was not finding in school and what life lessons was she able to learn from her work experiences?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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