Zami, a New Spelling of My Name Test | Final 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 is the name of Audre's old friend she runs into and whom Muriel likes?

2. What is the name of the elderly woman Audre meets in Mexico?

3. Whom does Audre spend too much time with that leads to her failing subjects in college?

4. What does Audre burn her hand on after her relationship with Muriel begins falling apart?

5. What does Audre say she realized about herself after dropping out of college?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the character Eudora first described in the book?

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

3. How does Audre's friend Lynn cause problems between her and Muriel when she moves in with them?

4. How is Audre's relationship with Muriel first described in the book?

5. How is Audre's relationship with Eudora first described in the book?

6. How does Audre describe her treatment in society as a black woman in comparison with her white lesbian friends?

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

8. How is Audre's first time making love with Ginger described in the book?

9. What is the nature of the piece of writing of Muriel's that Audre finds in Chapter 28?

10. How is the Interlude: The Last of My Childhood Nightmares described in the book?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Examine the portrayal of women in the book. What lessons of empowerment is the author offering to women in this book? What does she hope for others to learn from this book regarding the diverse nature of women?

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