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 office does Audre run for in her middle school?

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

3. How much does Audre tell her family about her molestation in Chapter 6?

4. What color coat does Audre's first playmate wear?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Examine the concept of alienation that is portrayed in the book. What impact does Audre's alienation from much of her surroundings have on the way she views the world? Does she appear to have overcome her alienation, at least to some degree, by the end of the book?

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