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. How does Audre's mother react when she finds she is complaining about her at her high school?

2. What subjects did Audre learn well in elementary school that help her in her next school?

3. What word does Audre learn the meaning of at the beginning of Chapter 8?

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

5. How old is Audre when she meets her first playmate?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The concept of heritage is something brought up in several capacities throughout the book.

1) How is the Grenadian heritage, namely the Carriacou culture examined in the book and what impact does it have on the author?

2) What lessons does Audre learn about the importance of heritage from her relationship with Eudora while in Mexico?

3) How does Audre reflect upon her own heritage in the book and how does she define it?

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

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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