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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 kind of unique consciousness does Audre attribute for her ability to be a focused writer?

3. Who comes to visit Audre's house just after Gennie's death?

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

5. Where does Audre visit with her class in Chapter 10?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Audre describe Stamford, Connecticut when she first moves there?

2. What does Audre do after finding out her father had a stroke?

3. How is Audre's involvement in the Committee to Free the Rosenbergs described?

4. How are the "closed-shop" laws described in the book?

5. How are the Carriacou women first described in the book?

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

7. How does Audre react to her new scenery after moving to Mexico?

8. How is Audre's near-rape described in Chapter 23?

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

10. What happens to Muriel to cause her split with Audre in the book?

Essay 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

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

Compare and contrast Audre's first lesbian relationship with Gennie to her most serious lesbian relationship with Muriel. What can we learn about the evolution of Audre's sexuality based on the comparison of her relationship with these two women?

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