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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 event does the author note as bringing much difficulty upon her family in Chapter 1?

2. What job does Audre get just after graduating from high school?

3. What is the name of the boy in the author's class who helps her fit in with the good kids?

4. What kind of religion is the protagonist brought up in?

5. What is the name of the school that Audre attends as the first black student?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How are "The Branded" first described in the book?

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

4. What does Audre do when she plays with a little girl named Toni in the book?

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

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

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

8. How is Gennie's death described in the book?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The mother-daughter relationship is something that helps carry the story from beginning to end and has perhaps the biggest impact on the author's life.

1) What can we learn about the impact Audre's relationship with her mother had based on her portrayal of her childhood experiences with her mother?

2) What circumstances led to Audre's estrangement from her mother as she grew older? What might the author wish for this progression to represent in terms of character development?

3) What deductions can be made about the author's final opinions of the mother-daughter relationship based on her belief that her desires to be with women came from her mother's blood?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the portrayal of community in the book. What importance does the author place on being a part of a community, namely one where there is a sense of belonging, based on the portrayals of The Branded and the Sistah Outsiders?

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