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. At what age does Audre begin her first period?

2. What does Audre begin doing to her first playmate that she seems to enjoy?

3. How long does Audre say her first encounter with her first playmate lasted?

4. What about her country does Audre say she felt alienated from in Chapter 10?

5. Whom does Audre's mother believe is molesting Gennie?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Audre describe sharing a bed with her older sisters as a young girl?

5. Why is Audre jealous of her older sisters while growing up?

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

7. What is the nature of the results of the aptitude test Audre takes in high school?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Discuss the portrayal of education in the book and the impact it had on Audre's life. How did Audre's views towards education evolve throughout the book and what outside influences were responsible for this path?

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