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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 Audre's group of friends who are outcasts in high school?

2. What is Audre particularly enamored by as a child?

3. What is the relationship between Gennie and Louisa in the book?

4. What is the name of Audre's first playmate?

5. What does Audre say that she and Gennie never shared together in Chapter 14?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. How is Audre's abortion described in the book?

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

Examine the concept of change that is presented in the book through the portrayal of various historical, political, and social situations. How does the author document the literal changes she found in these areas in the United States alongside the figurative changes in her own life?

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 novel's genre offers many points of discussion with both its autobiographical and mythological material.

1) What aspects of the book appear to be purely autobiographical regarding the author's life?

2) What reasons would the author have for using mythological facts within the book alongside her personal accounts, does this help fill in gaps in the text?

3) How is the inclusion of both autobiographical and mythological methods in the book able to create a more well rounded portrayal of the author's life journey?

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